The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the 110th Tennessee General Assembly for voting to allow seven-day alcohol sales in the state.

“The Tennessee legislature has voted in favor of consumers and small business owners,” said Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Dale Szyndrowski. “Tennesseans want a convenient and modern marketplace that allows alcohol sales seven days a week – just like in neighboring states. It is important that shoppers are able to buy from local businesses and invest their tax dollars in Tennessee, instead of making a trip across the border. Thank you to Rep. Gerald McCormick and Sen. Bill Ketron for sponsoring this legislation.”

According to an economic analysis, seven-day sales of spirits and wine in Tennessee would generate between $20 and $28 million per year for retail stores, which could produce as much as $5.4 million in new state and local taxes.

Over the last 12 months, Indiana, Minnesota and Oklahoma have passed similar legislation. Since 2002, 20 states have passed seven-day sales legislation, with Tennessee being the 42nd state.

The bill now heads to the governor for his consideration.