First liquor store open in Clay County

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Back in June, voters in Manchester passed a measure that allowed packaged alcohol sales in their city.

This past weekend, the first liquor store opened its doors and managers say UK celebrations have boosted sales.

It has been nine months in the making,

"Buying an ice cold beer is something I never thought would happen in Manchester but I am glad it happened in Manchester,” James Ross said.

The cities first liquor store is open for business and in their first weekend Store Manager Tyler Lewis says expectations were met.

"Probably a little bit more than expected because we haven't had a grand opening, just a soft one but word of mouth traveled fast and the parking lot was full in no time,” Lewis said.

In this case timing is everything. A large number of the crowd coming through these doors over the weekend and on Monday were UK fans getting ready for the big game.

"I came down here to get me some drinks for celebration when I watch the Kentucky game tonight,” Dwayne Smith said.

With more restaurants coming into the city, Mayor George Saylor believes this was the right move.

"It's going to be a good economic impact for the city,” Mayor George Saylor said.

Mayor Saylor says the second liquor store in the city is expected to open in the next couple weeks.

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