February, 2012

Listen to our “Sunday inconvenience” radio ad

February 27th, 2012 | Filed in End Connecticut's Blue Laws

Click here to listen to our “Sunday inconvenience” radio ad calling for an end to Connecticut’s outdated ban on the Sunday sale of alcohol at neighborhood grocery and package stores.

 

End CT Blue Laws Coalition Members Stand Up In Support of Sunday Sales

February 24th, 2012 | Filed in End Connecticut's Blue Laws
Refute Claims of Rally in Goshen – Urge Legislators to Vote for Pro-Consumer, Pro-Business Legislation

Hartford CT – Members of End Connecticut’s Blue Laws Coalition responded to a rally in Goshen today on a legislative proposal to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays.  While those who attended the rally contend that the legislation would adversely impact small business, the large coalition of businesses and trade associations who support the bill spoke out in favor of the pro-consumer, pro-business proposal.

“This bill would bring Connecticut in line with other states, including every state in New England,” said Stan Sorkin, President of the Connecticut Food Association.  The Connecticut Food Association represents grocers and family-owned businesses around the state that would benefit from the ability to sell alcohol on Sunday to their customers. “The majority of our members are privately-owned, independent grocery stores who are looking for a competitive edge.  This bill will give us a chance that will help us catch up with bordering states so that we can compete.”

In fact, one study shows that Connecticut grocery and package stores lose $570 million in sales to bordering states.  Ending the ban on Sunday sales would lead to an overall increase in sales of between 4 and 8 percent.

“I’m tired of saying no when I want to say yes,” said Gary David, President of David IGA in Kent. “I’ve literally had customers ask me for directions to a store that sells beer and leave their carts behind in my store.  That’s money walking out the door and across the border.”

“Connecticut consumers approve as well,” according to Jay Hibbard, Vice President of the Distilled Spirits Council, who noted that a recent poll showed that two-thirds of Connecticut voters want to eliminate the outdated and inefficient ban. “It’s time to put Connecticut consumers first.”

The legislature will hold a public hearing on HB 5021 on Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building.

Watch our “You Can’t Buy That Today” TV ad

February 24th, 2012 | Filed in End Connecticut's Blue Laws

Watch our “You Can’t Buy That Today” TV ad about Connecticut’s outdated blue law ban on the Sunday sale of beer, wine, and spirits at neighborhood grocery and package stores.

Take action, click here to contact your legislators and tell them to end CT’s outdated blue laws! http://goo.gl/rhK0C

Connecticut Blue Laws Give a New Meaning to “Sunday Drivers”

February 22nd, 2012 | Filed in End Connecticut's Blue Laws

Sunday Drivers ad

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Bristol Press Editorial: Let the market decide

February 21st, 2012 | Filed in End Connecticut's Blue Laws

The Bristol Press has an editorial in today’s paper strongly endorsing Governor Malloy’s comprehensive alcohol regulations reform proposal.

Whether package stores open on Sunday — or not — should be left to the individual store owner, not the state of Connecticut.

As we see it, it’s a business decision, not a legal or moral one. Thus, we support Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan, outlined in this newspaper Sunday and Monday, to allow the sale of alcohol seven days a week, as well as to overhaul obsolete laws governing the industry in Connecticut.

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February 21st, 2012 | Filed in End Connecticut's Blue Laws

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Whole Foods Markets in CT say it’s time to end the Sunday sales blue law

February 17th, 2012 | Filed in End Connecticut's Blue Laws

Every Sunday, Whole Foods Markets in Connecticut have to cover over their beer coolers. Here’s how they’re letting their customers know it’s time to end Connecticut’s outdated blue laws like the Sunday sales ban.

Whole Foods display Whole Foods display

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Dichello Distributors – End the blue laws and we’ll hire more people

February 15th, 2012 | Filed in End Connecticut's Blue Laws

Malloy: liquor law overhaul more than Sunday sales: wtnh.com

The CEO at Dichello Distributors says the combination of lower prices and Sunday Sales is a winner.

When News 8 asked CEO Edward Crowley if he would hire more drivers if the plan went through he replied, “In our business it wouldn’t only be truck drivers. We would be hiring more truck drivers, we would be hiring warehouse personnel because of the volume coming in, so it’s a trickle down affect.”

Take Action: Click here to help put an end to Connecticut’s alcohol blue laws

February 15th, 2012 | Filed in End Connecticut's Blue Laws

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It’s time to end our state’s outdated alcohol blue laws!

February 8th, 2012 | Filed in End Connecticut's Blue Laws

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