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Package Store Group Says It Now Supports Sunday Sales

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The lobbyist for the Connecticut Package Stores Association says his group is now supporting retail sales of alcohol on Sundays.

But Carroll Hughes told members of the General Assembly’s General Law Committee that other parts of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to overhaul state liquor laws will hurt many mom-and-pop liquor stores.

Hughes said Malloy’s bill could potentially allow 2,000 new permits for certain convenience stores, allowing them to sell beer. He said that competition, plus the potential for chains to operate up to six stores in the state, creates excess competition in an industry where there are already too many package stores.

Liquor store owners have opposed efforts for years to allow retail alcohol sales on Sundays, saying it would cost too much money in staffing.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.

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