Belle Plaine’s two most likely businesses to be impacted by legislation allowing Sunday off-sale liquor sales are non-committal about whether they’ll open their doors for Sunday sales even though both houses of the Minnesota Legislature have approved versions of bills giving them the right to be open one additional day each week.
“We would welcome the chance for the opportunity to occur,” said Kevin Hurd, a spokesperson for Coborn’s Superstore. The grocery store operates a liquor store separated by a wall from its grocery store in Belle Plaine. He declined to identify the criteria the company would consider when deciding whether or not it would take advantage of the opportunity to sell off-sale, assuming the bills are unified and signed into law.
Lori Otto, one of the owners of Prairie Liquor, said the family has yet to discuss whether or not they will take advantage of the proposal. She expects Prairie Liquor will have to open if Coborn’s opens on Sundays.
Hurd stresses Coborn’s did not actively lobby for legislation the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate both approved. The two versions contain a one-hour difference of when sales can commence. The GOP-controlled House and Senate still need to find a starting time they agree upon. Gov. Mark Dayton indicated he expects to sign the bill later this spring.
“We’ve been watching the bills closely. We know we’re probably looking at a done deal,” Hurd said.