Backers making new push for Sunday alcohol sales

Some business groups are beginning a new push for ending Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday alcohol sales at retail stores.

The Hoosiers for Sunday Sales coalition is starting a campaign Tuesday to build support for legislation that would allow such sales in groceries, pharmacies, and liquor and convenience stores. The group includes the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Retail Council, which represents grocery stores.

The chamber announced in mid-November that it would support lifting the ban.

Liquor store owners have opposed lifting the Sunday ban, arguing the change would benefit large chain grocery and convenience stores.

“We’re disappointed that the chamber didn’t review or discuss the potential consideration and impact to Indiana businesses,” Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers CEO Patrick Tamm said in a written statement.

The group said it would hold a press conference about the issue Tuesday afternoon at Crown Liquors in downtown Indianapolis.

Senate Public Policy Committee Chairman Ron Alting of Lafayette said the issue will get serious consideration among legislators.

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