Jenks business helped get County Question on ballot
Tulsa County voters went to the polls this week and passed a law that will allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays.
The proposition passed with 73% in favor, according to the Tulsa World. This wouldn’t have been on the ballot without the help of a Jenks business.
Biergarten Wine and Spirits owner Ian Sproul had tried to get this on the ballot after the passing of State Question 792 in 2016, but he missed the mark. It wasn’t until Sproul’s friend and owner of West Highlands liquor in Tulsa urged him to reach out again last year that he got back into the race.
Sproul reached out to County Commissioner Karen Keith and set up a meeting with her. Keith was interested in getting this question on the ballot for March and the other two commissioners were as well. Keith put the legal work together and commissioners voted to have it on the ballot in December.
“We pay rent seven days a week, so we ought to have the ability to be open seven days a week,” Sproul said. “Grocery and convenience stores can sell beer and wine from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. We’re at a disadvantage there because we can only be open from 8 a.m. to midnight and only six days a week, before it passed.”
Liquor stores like Biergarten watched sales dipped after 792 was passed in 2016, which allowed convenience and grocery stores to sell high-point beer and wine. With this new proposition passed, Sproul says he hopes this will give a small increase in business.
Sproul says he doesn’t expect to see a big change right away, but he hopes weekly sales will be up 5 to 10%.
“People already have the convenience of being able to buy wine while they’re buying groceries, so we lost a lot of sales when that happened,” he said. “This will help level the playing field a little bit. Football is on Sunday and a lot of beer gets sold on Sunday and we miss out on that. It will also be nice for people who want to pick up liquor.”