Sarah Protzman Howlett

Sarah Protzman Howlett

What Retailers Can Learn From The Twin Cities Market

Beverage Dynamics | May 2017 | Visit the original article online

Independent retailers in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, are absorbing a changing landscape that includes the entry of a big-box competitor and a new law legalizing Sunday liquor sales.

The late-February vote undoes an 1858 Prohibition-era law against selling liquor in the state on Sundays. It will likely take effect in July of this year, a Minneapolis TV station reported in March. A grassroots pro-Sunday sales website claims Minnesota could generate $10.8 million to $15.1 million in new tax revenues as a result of the change, but retailers are mixed on whether it will be a blessing or a curse for small and midsize stores.