The city of 4,500 people last year approved, by nearly a three-to-one margin, a referendum that allowed the city council to award a permit for a liquor store. Voters last year also approved Sunday beer and wine sales.
Wilson, who has lived in Dacula since 1950, said he’s against the Sunday sales because his brother drank himself to death years ago.
“I don’t think they should sell it on Sunday, but they’re gonna get their way,” Wilson said through his truck window outside a Subway sandwich shop. “My brother drank enough for me and him both.”
Al Martin, who has lived in Dacula since 2001, called the prohibition on Sunday liquor sales an “old thought.”
“I think they did that so people wouldn’t come to church drunk,” Martin said. “I call myself a good Christian boy. But it’s not for me to tell them they can’t have it. It’s everybody’s prerogative.”
Dacula Cork and Bottle just opened a 10,000 square foot store last month. Weaver employees eight people and has about $700,000 worth of inventory — 1,500 wines and more than 350 beers. He said Sunday sales is important to his business because, when people have to drive a long distance, they tend to buy more. And that means they’re buying more somewhere else.
“So I lost that sale and another,” Weaver said.
Dacula resident Anthony Wilson told Weaver on Wednesday that his vote was the tiebreaker. Sunday liquor sales may not have divided the community, but the issue exposed a division in his house, Wilson said.
“I’m glad my wife was out of town yesterday, otherwise it would have been a tie,” he said.