For the first time, people can now buy beer on Sunday in Wiggins.
Since store owners asked the city’s board of aldermen in June to extend beer sales to Sundays, businesses and customers have been eagerly awaiting the new change.
Beer business was steady Sunday at Dandy Dans Texaco station in Wiggins.
It was the first day that the store and all of the city could sell on Sunday.
“We finally took the no beer on Sunday sign in the beer cave yesterday and it was a great feeling because I knew we would get more customers today,” said sales clerk Maritus Saucier.
She said the new ordinance will likely increase business on Sundays by 25 to 30 percent.
It also made some customers really happy.
“I love it,” said Mark Gorny. “’Bout time. ‘Bout time. Now maybe they might get a restaurant in here that serves beer on Sundays. You can eat a hot dog and a cold beer and enjoy life.”
Sam Douglas said it makes things easier.
“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “It brings a lot more money into the county. You don’t have to drive out of the county to get beer. It’s a lot more convenient.”
Stores in Wiggins had been able to sell beer from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Sales hours on Sunday are noon until 11 p.m.
Even those who don’t buy beer, like Tara Tucker, believe it was a good move.
“Well for people who do drink, although I don’t drink, it’s a big deal,” she said. “People who actually do drink have to drive about 30 miles out of the way, and now that we’re actually selling beer on Sundays, it saves a lot of people a lot of gas, time. People are actually going to be excited.”
And while there are those who support law because of business and convenience, there are others who object, and strongly.
Dr. Eugene Anderson, pastor of Vardaman Street Baptist Church in downtown Wiggins, was one of many who objected to the Board of Aldermen's decision, saying it was just the wrong direction for a family oriented community to go.
“I would have been better satisfied if it was brought to a vote by the city,” Anderson said. “And then, if the whole city voted on it, to me that would be more acceptable than just the board of alderman.”