(Olive Branch, MS) Olive Branch residents can now buy beer and wine 7 days a week at grocery stores, following a similar decision for restaurants last month.
The change didn’t exactly sail through the board of aldermen, but residents don’t seem to mind the change.
”I don’t think it’s a really bad idea,” said Kristen Gaines.
Olive Branch leaders say they made the move to sell beer and light wine from 7am to 1am to bring the city more in line with Horn Lake and Hernando, and closer to Southaven’s alcohol sales hours.
”We’re just trying to make it more even and more competitive where our restaurants and everything can be more competitive,” said Alderman at large George Collins. He says pressure has been building from restaurants, golf courses and other places for later hours, and early brunches.
A proposed change in 2009 failed, but this time a majority recognized times have changed.
”When I grew up, everyone worked eight to five or very similar to that. Now we have FedEx Ground here in Olive Branch and many people work different hours,” Collins explained.
After getting state approval for an identical change for restaurants, Aldermen moved to bring stores in sync, and people here say that makes sense.
”I’m not gonna run out and buy liquor on a Sunday just because, but if it’s Super Bowl and I’m running low, have extra people show up, yeah. We could run out and get a couple of things and run back home,” said Gaines.
The new alcohol sales rules take effect December 5th.