Sunday sales vote headed for Euharlee
by Mark Andrews
Jun 30, 2012 | 1549 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ali Malik, owner of Jojo’s in Euharlee, checks his beer inventory. The note on the door reminds customers that Sunday sales of alcohol are prohibited in Euharlee. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Ali Malik, owner of Jojo’s in Euharlee, checks his beer inventory. The note on the door reminds customers that Sunday sales of alcohol are prohibited in Euharlee. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Euharlee voters on July 31 will have the opportunity to vote whether they want Sunday alcohol sales within city limits.

City council member Craig Guyton made a presentation to the council suggesting the option for Sunday sales on the ballot. He said he supports the voter's right to choose whether they want the sales.

"The fact that Cartersville has already implemented [Sunday alcohol sales] ... I believe that the gas stations in Euharlee are at a disadvantage," Guyton said. "I believe that if people drive the extra six miles to purchase that on Sundays and gasoline and whatever else they are going to purchase, I believe the local stores there in Euharlee are actually losing out on business not being part of that."

Robin Lee, daytime manager at JoJo's Market in Euharlee, is in favor of Sunday sales.

"Euharlee didn't put it on the ballot last time, so we're having to wait until the 31st for our vote. We've lost a lot of business because of it," Lee said. "[Customers] come in and want to know why they can't buy it here and then they don't realize they're in the Euharlee city limits."

While there is no liquor store in Euharlee, Lee said customers often will travel to stores outside the city limits on Sundays for alcohol beyond beer and wine.

Barbara Adams of Euharlee, however, does not support the Sale of alcohol on Sundays.

"I don't have anything to do with alcohol and I don't think they should sell it on Sunday," Adams said.

Voter Edna Barnette said while she doesn't consume alcohol, she supports the option on the ballot.

"It suits me -- I don't drink, but other people do," she said.

Denise Cheek, administrative assistant for Euharlee Baptist Church, does not support the measure.

"I don't agree. I just don't think it would be a good idea, especially if it's going to be close to the church area," Cheek said.