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Wilton Selectmen See No Interest in Sunday Alcohol Sales

WILTON, Conn. – Only a handful of people turned out for a Monday hearing on whether to allow alcohol sales at package and convenience stores on Sundays in Wilton. And every one of them opposed the idea.

The town has strong family values and doesn’t need to permit the Sunday sales, resident Deborah McFadden told the Board of Selectmen.

“I’m one of the rare birds that is for blue laws,” she said. “There’s not a need for Sunday sales. We survived as a town without any sales for decades, and everybody did just fine. I don’t think it’s necessary to add one additional day. I don’t think it will make any significant difference in the sales.”

Frank Lugossy, owner of Vintage Fine Wines in Wilton, said there isn’t a major demand for Sunday sales in his Wilton store. He also said he doesn’t expect to keep his Greenwich location open on Sundays in the summer, citing cost and a lack of customer demand.

Although Gov. Dannel Malloy recently signed a change in state law to allow alcohol sales on Sundays, Wilton has historically gone its own way. When Prohibition ended in 1932, Wilton opted to not follow the state and banned alcohol sales in town. Wilton was classified as a dry town until 1993, when the local ordinance was altered to permit the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants. In November 2009, a referendum passed to allow liquor stores in town, and the ordinance was enacted in 2010.

There hasn’t been an outcry to change the rules, members of the town’s top board said. First Selectman Bill Brennan said the board doesn’t have to take any action and can revisit it at another time. For now, though, “It’s a non-issue,” he said.

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