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Letter: Township Liquor Stores Should be Open Even Later

Paul Saltin, Candidate South Brunswick Township Council, Monmouth Junction

Several weeks ago the owner.

The issue is this: South Brunswick liquor stores must close at 5 p.m. on Sunday while neighboring communities allow their liquor stores to remain open until 10 p.m.

The result is that the South Brunswick business owners are losing a tremendous amount of business not to mention the inconvenience to local customers. The Council deferred the matter to the police chief who wisely conducted a survey of the neighboring communities to determine if the extended hours resulted in an increase of alcohol related problems in their communities.   

The answer was that there was no indication that the extended hours caused any problems.  There are five liquor stores in South Brunswick.  Based upon the loss of five hours of business operations (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) times 52 weeks a year and the result is the loss of 1,300 hours of lost revenue. 

Based upon a 10 hour business workday the result is the equivalent of losing 130 days of revenue.  How many of us could survive if we lost 130 days out of our pay check? 

So even though the survey indicated no problem the Township Council has agreed to allow the liquor stores in our town to only remain open until 7 p.m. That decision makes absolutely no sense and shows a lack of business acumen.  

So now the business owners will still lose 780 hours of revenue or 78 days. That makes no sense.  Fewer sales mean less revenue which could mean the difference between profit and loss for these business owners. 

We need to help our business owners prosper. We need to allow our business owners to compete on an equal footing with their competition in neighboring communities. We need to help not hinder businesses within our community.

The more successful they are, the more successful our community will be. The South Brunswick liquor stores should be allowed to stay open on Sunday until 10 p.m.  It’s just common sense.

--Paul Saltin

Candidate South Brunswick Township Council

Monmouth Junction

I am RIGHT September 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Paul - When you were conducting your detailed research on this subject what did the five liquor store owners say about wanting to stay open until 10 PM on Sunday? What time do the stores close on days other than Sunday? Are they open until 10 PM the other 6 days? Do they currently maximize the amount of time they can remain open? Thanks.
Paul Saltin October 28, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Hi, I'm sorry for the delay in answering you post. I am still not completely familiar with how The Patch does things so I only just saw your post when I read your lastest post about military personnel. Allowing the liquor store owners the option to stay open to the later time does not require them to stay open. These owners can stay open to the maximum allowed time or they can close earlier if they wish. The liquor stores do not have the same restrictions on other days and I believe they can remain open until 10pm. Whether store owners maximize the current allowabl e time is not the issue. The issue is that they should be allowed to compete in the marketplace to the best of their ability. The purpose of this change, from my point of view, is to level the playing field for our business owners.

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