CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Packaged liquor sales are now underway in the city of Corbin. Voters approved the measure in February. The first liquor store opened on Friday evening.
The doors are open at Liquor Mart in Corbin. Employees spent all of Friday morning and afternoon stocking shelves to prepare for business.
"It's been really hectic trying to get the store open," said Owner Jack Taylor.
Corbin native Jack Taylor says he is proud to open a packaged liquor store in Corbin.
"It's just fun to come back to my hometown and open a business up. It's very exciting," he said.
While employees unpacked boxes and stocked shelves, others lined up waiting to buy the liquor.
"It's about time. At least they'll be bringing the revenue home," said customer Sandra Chillson.
"It's going to be a change for the city. Now you can get it local. You don't have to go out on the interstate," said Dale Chaffin who is also the Property Manager where Liquor Mart is.
Customers say they had to drive to Tennessee or Richmond to buy packaged liquor before Friday. Alcohol sales supporters believe having liquor stores here will keep the money in Corbin.
"I'd rather have it here than in Tennessee," said Chaffin.
The owner predicts the store will be successful.
"You never know until you open, but we expect it to be good sales, you know, with it being a dry territory for so long, I think there's excitement for it," said Taylor.
"Lots of people been waiting on it. Lots of people don't want it or don't like it, but I think it's good for the city," said Chaffin.
Corbin Police say they are patrolling the area and looking out for possible drunk drivers.
Two other liquor stores are expected to open in Corbin later this year.
Officials say the three new liquor stores are creating around fifty new jobs.