Businesses react to easing of alcohol sales restrictions in North Carolina

Businesses react to easing of alcohol sales restrictions in North Carolina
Businesses react to easing of alcohol sales restrictions in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, NC – A North Carolina company is sharing its thoughts on lifting alcohol restrictions in the state.

This came after Governor Roy Cooper signed the ABC Omnibus Bill, which relaxed several regulations on alcohol sales.

What you need to know

  • North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has just signed a law that loosens many restrictions on alcohol sales
  • A change allows the state’s ABC stores to open on certain holidays
  • A North Carolina company says it has benefited from the easing of restrictions

The new regulations allow the sale of take-out cocktails and the opening of the state’s ABC stores on New Year’s Day, July 4th and Labor Day.

A North Carolina company reports that it experienced a boom in customers after the state relaxed restrictions on alcohol sales.

Robbie Delaney is the founder and owner of Muddy River Distillery.

The company has just moved to new locations in the historic Mount Holly cotton mill.

“We are the oldest rum distillery in the Carolinas,” said Delaney. “We started in 2011.”

Delaney says business is booming. He attributes his company’s success to the loosening of regulations on alcohol sales.

“When we started, I couldn’t sell our own product to our own customers,” Delaney said. “It wasn’t until 2015 that we were able to sell them one bottle per person per year.”

“So North Carolina changed a law that allowed us to sell our product directly, and that opened up the face of our company,” he said. “In 2017, that changed to five bottles. Just before COVID, all the laws were repealed. Suddenly we could sell as many bottles of liquor as we wanted.”

Although ABC stores are allowed to remain open on certain holidays, they must remain closed on Sundays.

“I am confident that the state will ultimately allow ABC to do whatever they want in their individual stores, and that is the way it should be,” Delaney said.

“It used to be that you couldn’t buy a bottle of liquor on a Sunday in North Carolina,” he said. “They passed a law saying distilleries can be open on Sundays, and ABC stores are still closed. So now we’re the only place in town if you need a bottle of liquor on a Sunday.”

The new bill also allows ABC stores to sell gift cards, value-added products and kegs.