Elburn liquor sales may begin earlier

By on October 1, 2011

by Sandy Kaczmarski

ELBURN—A request by Jewel/Osco to begin selling liquor earlier in the day was approved by the Elburn Committee of the Whole and is head- ed to the Village Board next week for approval.

Surrounding areas begin selling alcohol earli- er than the Elburn Jewel’s 10 a.m. daily starting time. Patrons at Jewel stores in Aurora, DeKalb, Elgin and Sycamore can buy alcohol beginning as early as 6 a.m. during the week. Sunday liquor sales vary from 8 a.m. in Sugar Grove to 11 a.m. in DeKalb.

“I’m curious to see the demographics on how many sales really happen between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.,” Trustee Ken Anderson said. “I can’t see a lot of people going to the Jewel at 6 a.m. in Elburn.”

Trustee Ethan Hastert said for health and safe-

ty issues, how late alcohol sales continue is more important. The request by Jewel was to open ear- lier to be able to compete with area stores.

“Whatever we choose, I’d like to see it the same for every day of the week for consistency,” he said.

Village President Dave Anderson suggested an 8 a.m. start time to match Sugar Grove’s dai- ly opening hours for alcohol sales.

The revised ordinance will be put on next week’s Village Board agenda and will be open for more discussion by the full board. Trustees Jerry Schmidt and Jeff Walter were not present at the meeting. Any changes to the ordinance would apply to all package liquor sales including at Jewel and area liquor stores.