Voters went to the polls in November approving the referendum for Sunday alcohol sales in the city of Cartersville by nearly 60 percent.
Local business owners affected by the decision were not, however, sold on the changes. Open six days a week, package store owners, on average, do not expect to see an increase in total sales to offset overhead to cover utilities and payroll incurred from opening on Sundays.
"We don't think Sunday sales is going to create any more businesses or generate any more revenue. We feel the sales are going to be flat, they're going to be spread over seven days instead of six," said Todd Hunt, owner Toad's Beverage. "We're not going to open this Sunday, we're not going to open for a while [on Sundays]. We're going to see how our Saturday night sales go. We're a small mom-and-pop shop and Sunday is our personal day.
"We think that people should be able to buy whenever they want -- they just can't buy it at Toad's."
Don Jackson, owner of The Still on Burnt Hickory Road feels likewise toward Sunday sales and also will not be opening. He expects liquor stores that do open on Sundays may see an increase in traffic during the holidays but does not foresee that trend continuing into the new year; therefore, Jackson will keep his regular business hours.
"We feel it will dilute our Saturday sales and make us put in more hours for the same amount of money," Jackson said. "That's pretty much our feeling, we've discussed it and we've chosen not to open on Sundays because we know what we have to cover to make ends meet and we don't know if [Sunday sales] will cover it."