(MURFREESBORO) It is now legal to purchase wine in Tennessee grocery stores on Sundays. Legislation sponsored by Bill Ketron during his term as state senator went into effect at 8:00 o'clock Sunday morning, January 6, 2019.
Ketron, who is now Rutherford county mayor, sponsored Senate Bill 2518 that permitted retail food stores to sell wine and retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages seven days a week.
He explained the premise behind the new law . . .
Mayor Ketron noted, "This legislation is about supporting small retail businesses across Tennessee and allowing them to make the best decisions they can to succeed while creating a higher level of convenience and customer service for consumers. The old law put local retailers at a competitive disadvantage."
Ketron concluded, "This legislation makes sure we are looking out for small businesses across the state and not getting in their way by mandating basic business decisions like the days of the week in which they can stay open."
Forty states allow for seven-day sales by retailers, including five which border Tennessee.
The new Tennessee law that went into effect Sunday also allows shoppers to purchase beer, wine and spirits on certain holidays, including Independence Day (4th of July), Labor Day and New Year's Day.