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Earlier start to Sunday liquor sales in Carpentersville

Woodman's Randall Carpentersville says it will start selling alcohol 8 a.m. Sundays after village board voted allow 6 a.m. sales

Woodman's on Randall in Carpentersville says it will start selling alcohol at 8 a.m. on Sundays after the village board voted to allow 6 a.m. sales of packaged liquor on that day. The sales had been banned before 10 a.m. on Sundays. | Erin Sauder for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 16, 2014 6:19AM

CARPENTERSVILLE — Had a case of beer on your shopping list but you showed up at the store too early on a Sunday morning to buy it?

Carpentersville officials have remedied that issue by amending the Sunday restriction on liquor sales at the village’s retail establishments.

People now can buy packaged liquor as early as 6 a.m. on Sundays at grocery, liquor and drug stores, and gas stations in Carpentersville. Liquor sales are already 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

The new rule means package liquor sales now are not allowed between midnight — which was the previous cutoff time — and 6 a.m. every day in the village.

Alcohol sales at Woodman’s, 2100 Randall Road, will change from 10 a.m. to 8 a.m. Sundays, beginning Jan. 19, according to Clint Woodman, vice president of Woodman’s Food Markets.

The ordinance change was requested by Trustee Kevin Rehberg and Village President Ed Ritter.

Rehberg said he likes the liquor laws in place for the other six days of the week and feels they are the right balance for Sundays also.

“What works for one day should work for all of them,” he said.

The change will offer businesses more flexibility in how they want to operate and benefit patrons, Rehberg said.

“It will give more morning grocery shoppers the ability to finish their list all at the same time and place instead of taking some or all of their business to neighboring establishments that do not have this Sunday restriction,” he said.

Before the ordinance was amended, Rehberg spoke with the management at Woodman’s, who were amenable to the proposal.

“They said it would definitely be a positive change on their behalf, so I had some local business input before moving forward with it as well,” he said.

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