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Tega Cay is planning to expand Sunday alcohol sales

12/30/2007, TEGA CAY, SC - Tega Cay residents might not have to drive to Charlotte to buy beer on Sundays if voters approve a measure planned for the November ballot.

Tega Cay and Rock Hill allow bars and restaurants within city limits to sell alcohol by the drink seven days a week. Soon York County voters will get to decide whether to allow that in the rest of the county. At the same time, Tega Cay residents will be asked to consider whether to allow retail stores the right to sell alcohol to be consumed off premises. Right now Tega Cay stores can't sell alcohol on Sundays. The (golf course) clubhouse can, but no one else.  City leaders want to change that.

With the city's first commercial growth on its way in Stonecrest, tenants such as Wal-Mart and Petro Express would have an advantage over other retailers because the countywide referendum only deals with bars and restaurants.

That onsite and offsite consumption are two separate issues under state law -- and that the city only dealt with one of them years ago when Tega Cay became one of only a handful of S.C. cities to allow Sunday alcohol sales.

You can go to Harris Teeter on Highway 49 (in North Carolina) at noon on a Sunday, and about half of the people there are from Tega Cay buying a 24-pack. So, obviously, there is a demand for it!

Published Sunday, December 30, 2007 1:53 PM by Angie Adams NC/SC REALTOR® Broker

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