Sunday beer sales OK'd

Gov. Ed Rendell yesterday signed legislation permitting Pennsylvania beer distributors to sell beer by the case on Sunday afternoons, starting in 60 days.

Each distributor who wants to be open Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. must buy a state permit for $100 a year.

"By modernizing this law allowing beer sales at distributors on Sunday, we will create opportunities for business growth, while mirroring the beer sales practices of other states,'' Rendell said.

The bill protects tavern and restaurant owners, who had enjoyed a monopoly on Sunday beer sales by the six-pack, by providing a 10 percent discount for wholesale liquor purchases.


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