Gov. Kathy Hochul recently signed several bills related to alcoholic beverages into law, including one that expands hours of operation for liquor and wine stores on Sundays. This change allows sales to start two hours earlier, with the new hours being 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Danny McTamaney, sales manager at Cornwall Wines & Spirits, is excited about the new Sunday hours and believes that they will have a positive impact on business. He expressed his satisfaction in connecting with customers as they shop for their favorite adult beverages and feels exceptional when customers are happy with the products he has sold. McTamaney believes that the timing of the policy change is ideal as the holiday season approaches, with big parties and social gatherings on the horizon, and he anticipates an increase in sales of wine and whiskey during this time.
In addition to the expansion of Sunday hours, other policy changes include the allowance for retail sale of beer on Sundays, an increase in the duration of a brewer’s license, authorization of sale or promotional gifting of complimentary products for wine and spirit, and the addition of some locations to a list of sites not subject to laws that limit manufacturers and wholesalers from sharing licenses.
McTamaney and his team plan to continue incorporating the new hours into their operations and hope that consumers will take notice of the extended hours. They are committed to being present for their customers and are ready to make extra sales if there is demand from customers.