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First Holiday Liquor Sales in Connecticut

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London Shop Package Store owner Ed Connington in his West Hartford shop. Photos by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

London Shop Package Store owner Ed Connington in his West Hartford shop. Photos by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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Today was the first holiday that Connecticut package stores have been allowed to remain open, under a new state law relaxing rules for the time alcohol can be sold.

In West Hartford, London Shop Package Store owner Ed Connington says people are aware of Sunday sales, but it may take a while for everyone to realize if their local package store is open on holidays.

“It seems like it has spread it out a little bit,” Connington said. “We were slower on Saturday, and then we picked up that business on Sunday, so I am not sure we did much more in the long term.”

But at Wine Cellars in Farmington, Dania Bartholomew said she would not have made her purchase of summer ale, if the store had been closed for the holiday.

“This was new business, this was not something I normally would have done,” Bartholomew said. “Because the package store was open, and it is a holiday, and I thought it was a good idea, this is something additional I am buying.  I think it is going to generate new business.”

Wine Cellars worker Jared Gordon removed cans of beer from a box, as he described how customers have been talking about the expanded hours.

“They like it,” Gordon said. “You weren’t able to buy anything on Sunday, and now you can.  It’s like an added bonus.”

Not all package stores were open.  A reporter visited four package stores. Two were open, and two were closed.

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