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Extended alcohol sales begin Saturday

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 6/05 11:04 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Starting Saturday, alcohol can be sold until one a.m. in restaurants and bars.

Tupelo City Council approved the ordinance a month ago and people in the area are still weighing in on the change.

Some against the change.

"I feel like people are irresponsible with alcohol," Amaris Harsin said.

Others in favor.

"It's not really a big deal," Morgan Williams said. "It's just going to bring a lot more revenue to Tupelo."

Those against the extra hour may be relieved to hear that not everyone is taking advantage.

Even though alcohol sales will be extended seven days a week, many restaurants are waiting before they change their hours.

"To start off we'll just do it on the weekend and just kind of gauge it from there," Romie's Grocery manager Jed Duke.

Romie's Grocery is among several restaurants making this decision.

Duke said the extra hour is not necessary for most days because weeknights are usually quiet.
 
He believes it will come in handy when big events come to town, like Elvis Fest.

"I think once everyone gets used to it, I think the sales will come up," Duke said.

As restaurants and bars begin to extend their hours, community members just hope for the best.

"As long as everyone is responsible about it and everyone stays safe," Pontotoc resident Shanna Boydstun said.
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