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Sunday sales of beer and wines at grocery and convenience stores start this weekend in York County.
The county office of the states Department of Revenue 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.
Voters endorsed a referendum for Sunday sales during the November election. The approved ballot measure does not provide for the seven-day sale of hard spirits, and liquor stores will remain closed on Sundays.
The change was endorsed by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce which said businesses should gain economically from the increase in customers and sales. Equally important, the chamber said, is residents will benefit through convenience and additional personal choices.
According to the chamber, 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: http://www.sctax.org/Tax+Information/abl/default.htm.
The local Department of Revenue office is at 454 S. Anderson Road. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.