While the Nov. 6 election certainly has important implications nationally, there is also a local referendum that will have an impact on business in the city of North Augusta.
This referendum is whether or not to allow Sunday alcohol sales. A “yes” vote to the referendum would allow restaurants in North Augusta to sell beer, wine and liquor on premises “by-the-drink” on Sundays. This referendum would also allow convenience and grocery stores to sell beer and wine on Sunday as well. This referendum in no way allows liquor stores to open on Sundays, as they are governed by the state of South Carolina, which prohibits them from opening on Sundays statewide.
We have longed for more dining options for some time in North Augusta and most of the restaurants sell alcohol as a large piece of their business. While some are opposed to the consumption of alcohol at any time, most of these people still eat at restaurants that serve alcoholic drinks and choose not to consume any. They can simply choose to do so this one additional day of the week.
Passage of this referendum would not bring new restaurants overnight, but it would remove a competitive disadvantage our city has when compared to the city of Aiken or Augusta, which currently allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays.
While the wording of the referendum specified by state law is somewhat confusing, we encourage you to read it before going to the polls, and to vote “yes” on the Sunday alcohol sales referendum.
Terra L. Carroll, President/CEO
Greater North Augusta
Chamber of Commerce