Tifton businesses cash-in on Sunday alcohol sales

TK's Beer and Wine store. / Jessica Fairley

It's been roughly four months since Sunday alcohol sales became legal in Tifton.

Now that data is available, FOX 31 went to Tifton to see what type of tax revenue is coming into the city and how businesses are faring.

After four months of Sunday alcohol sales, Troy Apodaca is considering an expansion.

"Sunday sales has definitely helped push me into growing my business as a whole," said Troy Apodaca, Owner TK's Beer and Wine.

For TK's Beer and Wine store, since the November election, the profits have been rolling in.

"Beginning it was $200 to $300 but over the past month it's definitely picked up. We've almost hit basically $800 to $1,000 on Sunday's now," said Troy Apodaca.

Before November, Wing Masters Sports Bar and Grill wasn't open on Sundays. Now the owner rakes in about $100 to $200 in alcohol sales on that day alone.

"We do just as good on Sundays as we do any other average day," said Fred Ferguson, Owner Wing Masters Sports Bar and Grill.

Business owners are seeing a growth in revenue but when it comes to city tax collection, Tifton really hasn't made much of a profit. Comparing January 2013 to January 2014, the city collected $2,500 in restaurant alcohol sales for both years. This is before and after the passing of Sunday alcohol sales.

December of 2013 compared to December 2012 only had a little more than a $100 difference in alcohol sales.

After speaking with Tifton officials over the phone, they said placing Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot wasn't meant to make a profit but rather offer the service.

Tifton collects a three percent excise tax of all alcohol sales at restaurants.