Quitman beer, wine sales skyrocket during Labor Day weekend


POSTED: Monday, September 1, 2014 - 5:41pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:38am

The city of Quitman went wet in the May 2014 election. Many stores selling beer and wine received their license after the 4th of July, so Labor Day marks the first holiday for alcohol sales. 

KETK spoke with the manager of Lone Star Gas, Jennifer Johnson, who said, "I'm very encouraged by this weekend. I wish we had more holidays coming up soon". 

Average sales at Lone Star range from a couple hundred dollars to $1,000, and Labor Day Weekend has nearly doubled those figures. Johnson shared, "Our biggest day was on Saturday. I guess everyone was moving in on Friday and by Saturday we were closing up shop, and we were a thousand dollars here and there for beer and wine". 

Their regular customers contributed by letting loose for the holiday. Johnson explained, "We have noticed that some of our customers that we were only seeing once or twice a week, we're now seeing once or twice a day". While her coworker, Teresa Hauser  said, "A few of them had come in and they start buying singles, now they're up to 30 packs". While their close proximity to Lake Quitman brought in boaters and vacationers. 30 packs and ice were flying off the shelf. 

So locals hope this extra money brought into the city, will improve the town. Johnson said, "I'm just glad to see that Quitman finally went wet and I'm hoping that the tax dollars will help our city". 

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I know someone from the Hainesville area who probably helped the Quitman economy more than everyone else combined... good sales for folks who say they aren't alcoholics because they only drink light beer!

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