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Alcohol Sales Hours Extended for Holidays

Four Bridgewater businesses, including Wegmans, can sell liquor earlier on Dec. 23 and 30.

Despite two votes against, the township council approved a resolution recently to allow for an extension of hours of selling liquor at Wegmans and other stores in Bridgewater just before Christmas and New Year’s.

“We received a request for an extension of operating hours from Wegmans on two pivotal days for them,” said township administrator James Naples. “The resolution extends to all distribution centers in town.”

Naples said it would apply to four businesses in Bridgewater. They are Spirits of the Valley in Martinsville, Elliott's Beverages on Union Avenue, Buy Best Wine & Liquors on Union Avenue and Wegman's Liquor Store on Route 202.

According to the township’s ordinance, there is no sale of alcoholic beverages allowed before 11 a.m. on Sundays.

The new resolution will allow the businesses to begin selling liquor at 9 a.m. only on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.

“I believe we have done this in the past, and there were no repercussions from it,” said council president Allen Kurdyla.

But councilmen Filipe Pedroso and Howard Norgalis said they don’t understand why this extra time is needed, particularly since the stores are open for business on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

“I don’t get from their letter why they need it,” Pedroso said. “I could see if [the day before Christmas] was Sunday and the hours were shortened because of that day.”

Naples said Dec. 23 and Dec. 30 are usually the busiest days of the entire year for Wegmans, according to the request, so they are trying to capture additional sales.

“My feeling is there is no downside to it,” said councilman Matthew Moench. “If Bridgewater retail establishments want a couple more hours for selling to Bridgewater residents, I support it.”

Pedroso and Norgalis voted against the resolution, but it still passed with three positive votes.

FUNNY THING IS December 01, 2012 at 04:45 AM
That good just promote drinking im so glad that we have a council that promotes drinking well this will also promote drinking and driving because everyone wants to enjoy holidays and some start early well with extra hours what do you think they are going to do if they run low on spirits jump in the car and go. smooth move council. this is going to bite you in the butt if not get someone killed.. you have to live with decision.

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