Other Info

Editorials and op-eds

Quotes & Testimonials

On Sundays, we see customers gaze through the windows of the locked liquor store and often question why that portion of the store is not open.
— Tamra Kramer, owner of VOM FASS at the Mall of America
Certain groups (including a lot of liquor stores, but not all of them) want to keep the status quo, partly to keep competition in line and partly to keep the door closed on alcohol sales in grocery stores. As someone who watches our food and beverage scene intently, I don’t think it’s in the best interest of our state, our businesses, our consumers, or our visitors to hold to the past so tightly.
— Stephanie March, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Food and Food and Dining editor and myTalk 107.1 Weekly Dish co-host.
The Sunday sales ban is an anachronism that belongs in Minnesota’s history books, not its statute books.
— StarTribune Editorial

Public Survey Data

What do Minnesotans think of Sunday sales? (click to expand)
 

Not surprisingly, with all the recent buzz about changing Minnesota’s 80 year old/outdated law that prohibits consumers from purchasing beer, wine and spirits in stores on Sundays, there have been some public opinion polls conducted to measure how Minnesotans truly feel about this issue.

One of the most interesting findings in a statewide survey conducted in February 2015 by the MN Consumers First Alliance is that while many of the old-line liquor interests and their lobbying organizations are opposed to allowing consumers to purchase on Sundays, their own customers overwhelmingly support changing the law!

  • 72% of consumers who buy primarily from local/independent liquor stores and
  • 64% of those who buy primarily from municipal liquor stores support Sunday Sales

The MN Consumers First Alliance asked the following question – “Generally, do you favor or oppose the concept of allowing liquor stores to sell to consumers on Sundays?” – 52% said yes, 39% no and 9% unsure. But here’s the real story – among those who shop for beer, wine or spirits a couple of times/month or more, 77% support allowing Sunday Sales (only 15% do not). Among the nearly 30% of Minnesotans who never consume alcohol, they don’t support Sunday sales similar to people who don’t like sports or the arts – they tend not to support stadiums and arts programs.

Here what Minnesotans say about allowing Sunday Sales in some other surveys:

KSTP-TV retained Survey USA in April 2014 and asked Minnesotans statewide, “Should the State of Minnesota legalize the sale of alcohol in liquor stores on Sundays?”
  • 62% said yes
  • 34% no
  • 5% unsure
The Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services conducts a survey each year at the Minnesota State Fair. In 2014, 7,582 Minnesotans responded to the Sunday Sales question, “Should liquor stores be permitted to open on Sundays?”
  • 64.1% said yes
  • 27.5% no
  • 8.4% unsure
Regardless of the survey, one inescapable fact is clear: A MAJORITY OF MINNESOTANS SUPPORT REPEALING THE MINNESOTA LAW THAT PROHIBITS SUNDAY LIQUOR SALES. MORE IMPORTANTLY, AMONG THOSE WHO ENJOY BEER, WINE AND SPIRITS, SUNDAY SALES IS SUPPORTED 5 TO 1.

Legislators, AND liquor stores, should listen to Minnesotans and allow consumers the convenience of shopping on Sundays!

MN Consumers First Alliance survey was a scientific, random-sample survey of 600 adults statewide conducted February 11 – 14, 2015. Margin of error was +4.1% at a 95% confidence; 35% of sample was cell phone and the survey demographics were aligned to the actual MN population.