You can now get your mimosas before noon on Sundays in Apex and Holly Springs, but in Wake Forest the “brunch bill” benefits will have to wait a little longer.
The Apex and Holly Springs town councils both voted unanimously Tuesday evening to allow 10 a.m. alcohol sales on Sundays, effective immediately.
Wake Forest commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday in favor of moving the serving hour up from noon to 10 a.m., but it will be mid-August before the rule can take effect there. A second reading on the policy is scheduled to take place during the town board’s Aug. 15 meeting.
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Commissioner Greg Harrington voted against the new ordinance, which would allow retail and grocery stores to sell alcohol early on Sundays, in addition to restaurants.
In response to the first show of approval, Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones said the town is progressive and is changing with the times.
“The law to prohibit alcohol sales until noon on Sundays is a holdover from the days when most of our citizens were in church until noon on Sunday,” Jones said in a statement. “Now, our community is much more diverse, and many churches offer early services. It makes sense for us to change some of our older regulations as the world changes.”
The Wendell Board of Commissioners plans to discuss early Sunday alcohol sales at its July 24 meeting and could take action at its Aug. 14 meeting.
Though some local reports said the Knightdale Town Council would consider the matter at its meeting Wednesday, town spokesman Jonas Silver said the matter is not on the night’s agenda.
“I’m sure it will come up at some point,” Silver said. “It will go to Legislative Committee for review and a recommendation will be made to town council.”