NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WCBI)-Just last month the New Albany Board of Alderman passed an ordinance to allow the sale of alcohol by the bottle in package stores.
Mike Barnes, a co-owner of the Loft wine and spirits, opened his business in hopes of making life easier for wine and liquor connoisseurs in New Albany.
“We wanted to offer a service to the community here to keep some people at home hopefully keep some tax dollars in the home county,” says Mike Barnes.
Liquor stores in New Albany have only been open for about two weeks, but owners say, business is good.
“The community supported us incredibly well. From the first day we opened we had a line outside the door people waiting to get in and we welcomed them with open arms,” says Barnes.
Barnes says they are still getting used to serving the New Albany community, but he already has regulars.
“Sales have been very steady we’ve had quite a good response to opening here and we’re hoping to keep that up and hopefully build off of it,” says Barnes.
“You got to give it a little time to kick in, but I think it’s going to be good for the community,” says Ricky Haywood.
By going from a dry to wet, New Albany resident Ricky Haywood thinks more of his neighbors will be staying closer to home.
“It’s something different you know, New Albany never had that and now that they have it I think that some people do drink they have the opportunity to be close to have being safer than drive all the way to another county and take the risk of bringing something back to a dry county,” says Haywood.
Down the road from The Loft, New Albany Wine and Spirits has received similar feedback.
“It looks like we’re doing very well. We’ve done good. Been a lot of traffic in and out people happy that we don’t have to make a lot of trips now. Shopping local trying to keep the money here in the city,” says Ira Williams.
No matter your taste, owner Ira Williams says he caters to a variety of consumers.
“It’s local owned. We have a huge selection of wine and liquor if we haven’t got what you want we can get it in here,” says Williams.
Possession of wine and spirits will be forbidden on most public property including schools, libraries, museums, playgrounds, and parks.