Alcohol sales on Sunday in the city of Newberry will be put to the voters on Sept. 11.
The Newberry City Council voted Tuesday to ask the public if they support Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants and bars on Sunday.
The question will be put to the voters in the September city election.
If the vote is passed, on premise alcohol sales would be allowed on Sundays but alcoholic beverage could not be sold at stores for off premise consumption.
The request came from local business owners.
Sean Pomeroy lead the request and says he has many request for Sunday sales at his business, Half Full. In fact, he told council that he would extend his Sunday hours if he could sell alcoholic drinks.
While establishments in Newberry cannot sell alcohol on Sunday many wanting a drink drive to Columbia or Greenville where alcohol is sold.
Clark Kyzer, owner of the Flying Pie, adds that the Sunday sales are necessary for business and he would also expand his hours.
“There are not many options for eating out on Sundays in Newberry,” said Kyzer.
Also Deborah Smith, executive director of the opera house says that she gets many of her customers asking for Sunday sales and the sales should not just be Monday through Saturday.
She adds she can bring in 800 people downtown that could help support more open businesses on Sundays and many that would purchase alcohol and eat in Newberry on Sunday if the referendum is passed.
To vote on the referendum for the Sunday sales one would have to live in the city and be a registered voter.