PA Liquor Stores: Soon Open Sundays?

By WBNG News

November 5, 2010 Updated Nov 5, 2010 at 6:27 PM EDT

Susquehanna, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Prohibition era liquor laws could soon become a thing of the past in Pennsylvania.

Governor-Elect Tom Corbett is looking to privatize ownership, instead of having state-run stores.

So how will this benefit the average customer?

Action News Reporter Leigh Dana hit the PA streets to find out.

You can buy liquor 7 days a week in New York, but not in Pennsylvania.

Liquor laws dating back to 1933 make it hard for some people to stock up on a day filled with holidays and family dinners.

"On Sunday's when I would like to buy a bottle of wine, yeah, I would like to buy a bottle of wine on a Sunday," said Katrena Page of Susquehanna.

There are about 620 state run liquor stores in PA.

Sundays, many of them are closed since unionized workers run stores like this one in Susquehanna.

"They're closed on holidays. I mean we're always going to New York and giving them our money instead of staying local," said Shawn Avery of New Milford.

"I don't understand the reason for state controlled liquor stores anyway," said Lynn Reda, also from Susquehanna.

Republican Governor-Elect Tom Corbett is looking to get out of the alcohol business and sell the state liquor system to private owners.

2 other Republican governors tried to change the laws during office, but failed.

"The reason Governor Elect Corbett believes it will be successful this time, because of dire economic times the state is facing," said a spokesman.

A 750 ML bottle of Yellowtail Pinot Grigio averages about $8.99 in Pennsylvania.

The price varies in New York State. Some are the same, some are a little bit less.

But business owners in New York tell Action News they see a lot of people from Pennsylvania cross the border into New York to buy their alcohol from them.

"I've found a place in New York that's really a lot cheaper," said Avery.

So instead of schlepping to the store days in advance of that party you're throwing say on Superbowl Sunday, liquor lovers can head on over before kickoff.

In Susquehanna, Leigh Dana, WBNG TV Action News.

Corbett's office estimates selling the state's spirit and wine stores would generate more than $2 billion dollars.

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