Texas law no longer prohibits the sale of beer and wine before noon on Sundays, a change that went into effect days before Labor Day weekend.
The new law, which went into effect Wednesday, allows customers to buy beer and wine from 10 a.m. on Sundays, two hours earlier than before.
Joshua Kemp took advantage of the change Sunday morning and grabbed beer at Lewisville’s Kroger Marketplace.
“We’ll go to the lake all day, so being able to catch it in the morning is a lot easier than worrying about getting it at night, because we’ll be in the water before noon,” Kemp said.
The previous 12 – night restriction didn’t bother Kemp too much, but “now that [earlier] it’s an option, it’s nice, ”he said.
Gary Huddleston of the Texas Retailers Association said the change will make shopping easier.
“There was some conflict when the customer believed he could buy beer and wine before noon on Sunday,” Huddleston said. “And he needs time, although the cashier will be cordial in explaining the law.”
For grocery stores that sell beer and wine, the change comes in time for the holiday weekend.
“It’s really a good time because of Labor Day weekend and also the start of the professional football season,” Huddleston said.
The new law also offers some changes to hotel bars, which can now sell alcohol at any time to registered guests.
Although beer and wine sales hours have been extended, liquor stores have yet to remain closed on Sundays.