Voters in two Greenville County towns will consider allowing alcohol sales on Sundays.
The towns of Fountain Inn and Travelers Rest will hold referendums next month that will let residents decide whether or not they wish to allow the sales. The Greenville News reports that supporters have been trying to approve the sales in one town at a time— 14 years after voters opposed an effort to loosen liquor laws on a countywide basis. So far, the cities of Greenville, Mauldin, Simpsonville, and Greer have also allowed the sales.
While many populated counties in the Lowcountry and Midlands have approved Sunday alcohol sales in recent years, it is still barred on a countywide basis across most of the Upstate.
Travelers Rest’s referendum would allow alcohol sales in restaurants and bars, but not at stores. Fountain Inn’s referendum would allow alcohol sales at any location with a retail license.
Supporters, who make up a significant majority of both town councils, hope the legal sales will offer a small economic boost for businesses. Opponents say six days of alcohol sales per week are enough.