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Colorado opens all the doors

Phillip YatesGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado Inside Genos Liquors, there is a large sign on the counter. Its simple message: Yes, we are now open on Sunday.While most liquor stores in Colorado have struggled to keep that from happening for many years, Jeptha Hoffman is OK with it. The manager at Genos says its a great idea.I think you should be able to buy alcohol any time you want to, said Hoffman, as he worked the register and helped several people about 5 p.m. Wednesday.This Sunday will be the first time Coloradans will be able to buy booze since the end of Prohibition in the early 1930s. All Glenwood Springs liquor stores plan to be open on Sunday, with most planning to be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The change comes after the state legislature approved a bill earlier this year that now allows the sale of booze on Sunday. Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter later signed off on the law. Colorado is now the 35th state to permit Sunday liquor sales.A coalition of liquor store owners supported the change because of a competing bill in the legislature that would have allowed supermarkets, convenience stores and larger chains to sell alcohol.It is the lesser of two evils, said Ken Robinson, owner of Roaring Fork Liquors, adding that is going to be difficult to find additional staff to work on Sunday. It is either grocery stores sell liquor or we have be open on Sunday.Robinson said it was nice to have that day off, especially to work at the store with no interruptions. He added it might take a little while for people to catch on that Colorado liquor stores are now open on Sunday.It will be enlightening to see how it works, Robinson said.Hoffman said while he supports the law that open liquor stores to Sunday sales, he added that being open on Sunday could affect the stores Saturday sales. And like many other Glenwood Springs stores, Hoffman said they planned to be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but that could change depending on the level of business the store sees.We will play it by ear and see what happens, Hoffman said.Doug Bernes, a manager at Big Sids Bottles, said the store has to be open on Sunday to remain competitive so it can maintain its regular customers.We dont expect a lot of extra business on a Sunday, he said.Contact Phillip Yates: 384-9117pyates@postindependent.com


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