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Sunday alcohol sales start in seven metro cities

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Sunday alcohol sales start in Atlanta.

ATLANTA -- Customers were waiting outside when the doors to Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits in Buckhead opened for the first time ever on a Sunday.

"I'm loving this. It's great," said radio personality Rich "Sully" Sullivan, who was among the first customers in line.

Atlanta was one of eight cities in metro Atlanta starting Sunday alcohol sales on New Year's Day. The others were Riverdale, Smyrna, Kennesaw, Holly Springs, Norcross, Hapeville and Stockbridge.

"It's been surprisingly busy," said David Greenbaum, Tower's General Manager. "We've had so many people coming in. Hopefully, every Sunday will be like this."

Tower employees removed the "Closed on Sundays" sign then handed out chocolates to customers.

The start of Sunday sales comes almost two months after voters approved the measure in November. In most communities, the vote was overwhelming.

Blue laws have banned the sale of beer, wine and spirits on Sundays in Georgia since the 1800s.

After debating the issue for years, state lawmakers passed a measure in April giving local communities the right to put the issue on local ballots. Governor Nathan Deal signed the bill.

"This effort has failed so many times," Sullivan said. "I think finally people were sick of it and motivated to become involved in their government and rallied around it and got it done."

Voters in unincorporated Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Fayette and Henry Counties will consider Sunday sales on Super Tuesday, March 6. The cities of Marietta, Powder Springs and Austell will also put the issue on the March ballot.

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