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State Says Sunday Liquor Sales Have Been Better Than Expected

YAKIMA, Wa -    Sunday sales at state run liquor stores are nearly 60%percent higher than what was predicted when the state first opened stores on Sundays two years ago.

Liquor and Wine, located on Nob Hill Boulevard and 4th Avenue, is the state run store that state officials are tentatively planning to open on Sunday in Yakima.  That decision should be coming soon.

The district manager for state run stores says a broad statewide study like this doesn't necessarily translate on a local level. 

Customers were split on whether they might do more shopping on Sundays.

"Sundays I'm on the golf course, or doing something else," says Lonnie Brooks of Wapato.

"Depends on what hours you work. Where you work," says Chris Durrall of Yakima, "It's just definitely way more convenient for me."

Talk to two different people and get two opinions on whether it's really necessary for a state run liquor to be open on Sundays in Yakima.

State officials released new numbers that suggest it could mean big bucks.

When 20 state liquor stores began selling liquor on Sundays, state officials expected to bring in $9.5 million in sales over the first two years.  Now they're expecting more than $15 million. 

But only two stores out of those 20 are located east of the mountains.  And the information is not specific to any one store.

"Lotta people are able to do their shopping during the week. I would think they should be able to get to a liquor store around the same time," Says Brooks. 

"On Sunday, a lot more purchasing than say Monday or Tuesday," counters Durrall.

Now state attributes the spike in Sunday sales to people working longer hours during the week. 

The governor expected to approve opening an additional 29 stores on Sunday in the next few weeks.

The state really counts on the revenue they generate from liquor sales to help fund programs like heath care for underprivileged families.