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Casey's Liquors Expects Substantial Loss of Sunday Business

6:35 PM, Nov 9, 2011   |    comments
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  • Casey's Liqours, open 365 days a year at I-95 and US 17 just north of Yulee, 5 miles from Georgia
  • Sundays are busiest day selling to Georgia customers traveling to Florida to buy liqour
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  • YULLE, Fla. -- Casey's Liquors has been selling package liquor to Georgia customers for years, but employees expect a substantial decrease in Sunday sales since Georgia voters approved package sales Tuesday.

    The new rule takes effect Jan. 1.

    Casey's has been in business for more than 40 years just north of Interstate 95 on U.S. 17, 5 miles from the Georgia-Florida border.

    Open 365 days a year, Casey's is busiest on Sunday when extra workers are scheduled for the sales counter. Seventy to 80 percent of sales on Sunday are Georgia customers who drive down from Georgia to buy beer and liquor by the package, said manager Jogin Dalal.

    "If business is slow, we'll have to cut back to one person working," said Dalal, who has worked at Casey's for 10 years.

    "We could lose two to $3,000 in sales on Sundays; it will hurt a lot. We'll miss those Georgia folks."

    According to the unofficial results, Glynn County voters approved the measure allowing purchase of alcohol on Sundays with 54.91 percent voting for it and 45.09 percent against it.

    Woodbine voters nixed the law with 44.39 percent of voters for it and 55.61 percent against it.

    In St. Marys, it was approved, with 67.55 percent voting for Sunday sales and 32.45 percent voting against the measure.

    Seven hundred forty-four people voted for Sunday sales in Waycross and 898 voted against it.

    Other businesses farther south in Nassau County get some business from Georgia as well, and anticipate fewer sales, but no major change.

    Casey's stands to lose the most since it is the first stop for booze in Florida. Dalal said he hopes Georgia customers will still come his way because of Casey's good customer service.

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