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York County stores start Sunday beer and wine sales

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YORK COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

In November, voters in York County approved a referendum to allow beer and wine sales seven-days a week starting December 9th.

The referendum allows local grocery and convenience stores to obtain a permit to sell beer and wine every day of the week.

The York County Regional Chamber of Commerce says it believes businesses will gain economically from the increase in customers and sales.  Officials say citizens will also benefit through convenience and additional personal choices.

The county office of the SC Department of Revenue (DOR) recently began issuing the seven-day permits to stores that are already licensed to offer beer and/or wine for purchase Monday through Saturday.  The $1,200 permit upgrade is valid through May 31, 2014, and allows retailers to sell the beverages to adults (ages 21 and over) for off-premise consumption.  The approved ballot measure does not provide for the seven-day sale of hard spirits, and liquor stores will remain closed on Sundays.
    
Requirements for a business to obtain a seven-day upgrade permit include a valid off-premise beer/wine permit, a completed/signed and notarized ABL-901 form (including consent and waiver), an original ABL license, proof of location in York County and payment of the upgrade fee. Permit details and necessary forms are available online at this link: http://www.sctax.org/Tax+Information/abl/default.htm . The local DOR office is located at 454 S. Anderson Rd. in Rock Hill and is open from Monday through Friday, 8:30AM until 5:00PM.  The phone number for the office is 803-324-7641.

The Regional Chamber supported the passage of the recent referendum and provided staff support for the group of volunteers, Citizens & Business For York County, who spearheaded the 2012 vote-yes effort and last year's prerequisite and extensive petition drive. The Chamber devoted similar resources in a 2008 campaign, when the seven-day on-premise service of alcoholic beverages in local restaurants was approved.

In addition to the economic advantages, both the '08 and '12 initiatives are consistent with the Regional Chamber's efforts to promote local businesses and to generate additional sales tax revenue for public schools, roads and other government services vital to economic development in this community.  The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce assisted in promoting a yes-vote in both referendums.

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