Liquor Sales Spike Ahead of New Year's Eve

AMARILLO - It is not surprising that liquor sales are up as we close in on New Year's Eve, but consumers are having to prepare early this year. 

Due to New Year's Eve landing on a Sunday, you will not be able to purchase some alcohol that day. 

According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, liquor stores are only allowed to be open Monday through Saturday between the hours of 10 a.m and 9 p.m. The law requires all stores to be closed on Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. 

With Christmas Eve last Sunday, M&R Liquor saw a spike in sales on December 23. M&R Liquor Owner, Charles Leard said that day was the busiest day of the year they have seen. 

Leard explained they have been trying to educate people on the day's they are open, that way everyone is prepared.

"There's a large majority of people that think ahead, but there's still a lot of people that don't," said Leard. 

Back in November, Leard experienced first hand the lack of preparedness. 

He said, "I came up here Thanksgiving morning for a little while, I did some work for an hour, hour and a half, and the phone didn't stop ringing the entire time I was here and sometimes it was both lines ringing."

With Saturday being the last day for liquor stores to open their doors in 2017, Leard is expecting it to be very busy. 

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