Island liquor stores now open at 10 a.m. on Sundays
Both island liquor stores were open at 10 a.m. Sunday following the recent law change that allows them to open two hours earlier on Sundays.
Grapes & Gourmet and Jamestown Wine & Spirits both took advantage of the new legislation signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee two weeks ago.
In 2004, Rhode Island passed a law allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. The law was in response to Massachusetts lifting its Sunday ban a few months earlier. Last year, Connecticut allowed its stores to begin selling liquor on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The legislation was created to prevent Rhode Island liquor stores from losing business to others states between 10 a.m. and noon.
“There’s no real reason it has to be noon in Rhode Island,” said Sen. Paul Fogarty, the bill’s cosponsor. “That’s arbitrary.”
“Rhode Island needs to do everything it can to help its small businesses,” said Rep. Sam Azzinaro, who sponsored the legislation in the House.