For the first time in Indiana’s history, consumers can purchase a bottle of spirits beginning this Sunday after Governor Eric Holcomb signed legislation striking down a Prohibition-era Sunday alcohol sales ban.
“Governor Holcomb listened to Indiana consumers who overwhelmingly wanted the choice and convenience of purchasing alcohol when shopping on Sunday,” said Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Dale Szyndrowski. “Hoosiers will now be able to purchase alcohol on the second busiest shopping day of the week. Helping local businesses and the economy is something that everyone can toast.”
According to an economic analysis, statewide Sunday sales of alcohol in Indiana could generate between $7.7 and $11.5 million in new tax revenues for the state. In addition, Sunday sales would increase Indiana spirits sales volume by an estimated 4 to 6 percent annually, which translates to $3.3.to $5 million in new retail sales.
Retailers that choose to open can begin selling alcohol at noon on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Last year, Minnesota and Oklahoma also voted to allow Sunday alcohol sales. Since 2002, 19 states have passed Sunday spirits sales legislation bringing the total to 41 states across the country.