CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Customers will soon be able to buy beer and wine at supermarkets in Carbondale.
Last night the city council voted to allow beer and wine sales at grocery stores during certain hours.
Those hours include Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until midnight, and on weekends from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
The council capped the number of grocery store license at 8.
Still, the grocery stores must apply for a liquor license.
The city clerk is currently taking applications.
The soonest a license could be approved is at the August 16 city council meeting.
Meanwhile, City Manager Allen Gill says beer and wine sales at convenient stores or gas stations is not in ordinance.
He adds that will be taken up at the next liquor advisory board meeting the first week of August.
Tom Hoffman, President of Illinois Liquor Marts, told Heartland News that he expects to lose about 50 percent of business and may have to cut half of his employees.
He adds the only thing that will keep businesses like his open is the council only approved beer and wine sales for grocery stores--and not liquor.