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New bill could allow earlier alcohol sales


Wausau (WAOW)--  On Wednesday legislators will vote on a bill that will extend liquor sales two hours earlier beginning at 6 a.m.

But people around here say they really don't think it will affect this area.

Robert Peterson owns Rib Mountain Liquor and Tobacco. He says that extending the hours in the early morning won't really do anything for his business.

"If they extended them at night and we could stay open later, that would effect our business. But not in the morning."

One of reasons for the change is to accommodate tailgaters.  With the new law they would have plenty of time to stock up for an early game.

"I think it would only impact bigger cities that have professional sports in their area," says Peterson.  "Having longer hours here won't really make a difference."

And Peterson isn't the only one who thinks that.  Justin Bartich of Hancock also agrees it won't impact this area.  He is glad however that they aren't making it easier to get alcohol at night.

"That will just increase accidents. It will lead to more drinking and driving. Things we don't need."

So for now, Peterson will wait and see how the bill plays out and decide whether he will need to change his hours to accommodate the public.

Who knows? Maybe there will be a demand.


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