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Will Spartanburg Co. voters decide on Sunday alcohol sales?

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The Boiling Springs Ale House is located in Spartanburg County and is closed on SUndays. (June 23, 2014/FOX Carolina) The Boiling Springs Ale House is located in Spartanburg County and is closed on SUndays. (June 23, 2014/FOX Carolina)
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There are some who say alcohol shouldn't be served on Sunday because of religious reasons, but others say if they want to have a beer while watching a game, it should be their choice.

But in Spartanburg County, business managers say they are losing customers and money to surrounding city because a blue law. With more big business headed to the county, some say more will come, but not if the area remains dry.

Every now and then, Rick Whitlock will stop by The Boiling Springs Ale House.

"If you go around and you see a lot of these sings in the window- it says 'shop local'

and I think that's important," Whitlock said.

He likes to spend money there, but he can't on Sunday because it's closed. Managers say the restaurant used to open seven days a week, but closed when customers would travel just a few miles away to the city of Spartanburg to get a drink.

"Do you really want your tax dollars going outside of the community?" Whitlock asked.

Victoria Ballard is an employee at the restaurant.

"We now do not open on Sunday because of the business going elsewhere. Most people want to watch the game and drink-relax," Ballard said. "We have a voice, why not use it? And then we know exactly how the people feel."

And that's what Jeff Horton said could soon happen. He's the Spartanburg County Council Chairman.

"This year was the first time there was a concerted effort by a group of individuals to get the petitions," Horton said.

He said there are more than 4,000 signatures on a petition in support of a referendum to allow voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales in the county.

"I think there's a majority of county council members that will proceed to give three readings to this ordinance by August 15," Horton said.

He said some restaurants and business managers expressed concerns about opening businesses in the county because they believe they will lose money.

That's why Whitlock said voters should have a choice.

"I vote every opportunity because I think that's important for everybody to do," he said.

Horton said if the issue makes it to the ballot and it passes, it will affect all municipalities - including towns like Chesnee, Woodruff, Inman and Landrum. Alcohol sales would be legal on Sundays, but only if the business owners have proper permits.

Spartanburg County is not the only Upstate county facing this ballot issue. Some Greenville County voters are signing a petition to get a Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the November ballot too. Click here to read more about their efforts.

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