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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Surdyk’s liquor open Sunday 3½ months before it’s legal

Minnesota’s new Sunday sales law doesn’t go into effect until July 1, but that’s not stopping Surdyk’s liquor store from jumping the gun by 16 weeks.

Claude Peck of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

[Owner Jim] Surdyk did not consult with any authorities before opting to open his store. It was a decision that he claimed was in line with his family’s tradition, dating to a 50-year-old state law that permitted stores to offer discounts on liquor for the first time.

“My father was the first one to discount liquor way back in the 1960s, and he didn’t wait till July to do it,” Surdyk said.

Shortly after noon, Surdyk got a call from a Minneapolis licensing official, not named, who advised him to shut the store down and wait until July 2. He was not certain if he would comply with that request.


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