PLEASANT GROVE -- Buying beer in a convenience store on Sunday in Pleasant Grove may soon be prohibited.
City Council members will vote Tuesday as to whether they will prohibit off-premise beer sales in the city. They also will be deciding whether to prohibit alcohol sales at drive-through windows on any day of the week.
City Attorney Tina Petersen asked council members recently if they would like to consider the matter, and said that technically the sale of beer in convenience stores on Sundays is not prohibited.
Mayor Bruce Call said that he was in favor of crafting an ordinance prohibiting Sunday beer sales. He said that prohibiting the beer sales aligns with Pleasant Grove's culture and character.
"Pleasant Grove has a culture that, while having much in common with other Utah communities, is distinct," Call said. "We plan to enact local legislation that allows us to stay true to our community."
While other council members said that there could be an economic impact to business owners, they agreed they would like to have an ordinance brought before them for consideration.
"This decision is left up to municipalities," Petersen said. She said that until recently there was not a need to regulate the Sunday sales, but some businesses have been inquiring about the city's regulations.
B.J. Hopkin, owner of the Pleasant Grove convenience store BJ's Short Stop, said he is hoping the city leaders will decide not to prohibit Sunday beer sales.
"Twenty percent of our daily sales is beer sales," Hopkin said.
During the past two weeks, Hopkin has been selling beer on Sundays and he said he sold as much on those two Sundays as he does on Saturdays. Before the two-week period, he said customers had asked every Sunday if they could purchase beer.
"Sundays are slow anyway, so it would be great," Hopkin said about the possibility of continuing the beer sales.
The proposed ordinance will be presented to the Pleasant Grove City Council at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers at 86 E. 100 South.