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[POLL] Trumbull Liquor Store Owners Waiting and Seeing

They appreciate their Sundays off, but they're still working. And, they added, it could have been worse.

Trumbull's three liquor stores reported slow sales Sunday, as they expected.

But they say they don't know if business will pick up, or how they will handle the new Sunday hours yet. They also doubt sales will reach Gov. Dannel Malloy's estimate.

Regardless, they will all be open Sundays since the repeal of Connecticut's well-known Blue Laws starting May 20. 

"In the beginning it was a little bit slower," said Lucy Hennessy, manager of the Trumbull Liquor Center on White Plains Road.

During the discussions preceding the repeal, Hennessy said she thought the additional hours would be a wash because people would not stock up alcohol on Saturday. They would buy more Sunday, but overhead costs for the day might wipe that out.

She wasn't sure about changing hours on Sunday just yet. "That's up for discussion," she said.

The other two Trumbull stores, Bottom Line Liquors on Quality Street and TJ's Discount Wine & Liquors, said they're staying the course, despite losing Sunday time off.

With Sundays closed, "Mondays are normally busy," said Pinesh Patel, manger of Bottom Line Liquors. Open hours for customers are "not going to increase the consumption," he said.

He noted that Sunday is his worship day in Newington. Still, the store might reconfigure its Sunday hours to ease the burden. "It all depends on how it goes," he said.

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Opening Sunday was not the biggest concern, the manager said. The original bill would have allowed grocery stores to sell hard liquor.

The inconvenience for store workers does not outweigh the customer convenience, noted John Salluhi, part owner of TJ's. The family's owned it for 15 years.

"It wasn't busy but we've got to open for the customers," he said. "We're not happy to be open on Sunday but we've got to do it for the customers."

The new law also means holidays, including Memorial Day, during which stores will open regular hours because it falls on a Monday. That means 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. for TJ's.

He will try to rotate Sunday workers and possibly reconfigure the hours as time goes by. 

Fred DeLibero May 23, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Sunday is a day of worship & rest for all people. Blue laws should include all buisinesses. It's mostly the poor people that are forced to work on Sunday's because they need the money most. Our society is going the wrong way. Money is not what life is about. You take GOD out of schools & now you can't even allow one day for worship per week. My buisiness will never be open on Sunday. I will spend tjhat day worshiping my GOD & spending time with my family.
Aaron Leo May 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM
What business is that Fred?
JR May 24, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I still don't see how the supermarkets have such a big advantage. The price floors are still in place. Mom & pop can close on Sunday. They are not losing wine and liquor sales.
J. Herd Fullerton May 24, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Louis, guess you believe in guvmint control versus free enterprise, right? So we, the consumer, pay more with less services but you think that's okay. Based on your premise, buggy whip manufactures should have stayed in business and autos disallowed under the pretext, the small guy needs protection. Famed American ingenuity has no place according to your view. Let guvmint control prices, as it does in CT with booze, set operating conditions, control our life style. Great " freedoms" you advocate. ever hear of socialism or communism?
louis May 24, 2012 at 08:51 PM
i only believe in government control of capitalism when capitalism fails in protecting its own system. You are creating a cartel Jim, that is what communism is. Had your party not been in bed with the wrong kind of democrats for the past twenty years, you would see that. What I am saying is this move benefits nobody who is a voter in Connecticut. The heads of these supermarkets, Hq'ed out of state cannot vote for you, so why is your party representing them? The local mom and pop stores who will now be forced to stay open seven days a week now, are not going to benefit, yet they vote in this state and this district. Ideology has trumped common sense once again! I also point out the loss of christian values in making unholy the lords day. Where are the evangelicals on that one? You would think that a public official has three basic job requirements, first to actually read the legislation they vote on.....second to question any change in legal precedent that destroys 400 years of legislative history. lastly, their job is to actually represent the district they are elected to serve. Tell me if any of the three have occurred in this case, if not, why are you voting for these people, citizen?

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