For the month of April, the county received $8,215.83 in revenue from alcohol sales. The county received $734.32 in late January, while it received $3,412.04 in February and $4,833.05 in March, the Trigg ABC site said.
Jay Geiger, the ABC administrator for Trigg County, said he is somewhat surprised at the amount of business the liquor stores and convenience stores that sell beer are doing. He didn’t have an explanation for why the stores are doing well, but discounted the idea that it is the novelty of being able to buy alcohol in Trigg County.
“It looks like more people were buying alcohol out of town than was thought,” said Geiger.
In other news, Main Street Liquors, the third of three liquor stores in the county, opened this past weekend, said Geiger. Trips, located at what was previously Hamtown Restaurant on U.S. 68 west of Cadiz, opened a few weeks ago. Higgins Liquors on U.S. 68/Ky. 80 near Lake Barkley opened in late March, Geiger said.
Joey Allen, who owns Trips Liquors and the Stop N Go convenience store next to it, as well as Rip’s in Gracey, owns the newest store. Geiger said. Allen bought Trigg County Liquors from the previous owners, added Geiger.
There is still much work to be done before the Handy Korner liquor store and Trigg County Liquors can open for business, said Geiger, although he didn’t know when they would be ready.
Geiger said the county will lose some revenue when the city passes its own alcohol ordinance. Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers said the city’s ordinance will be based on the county’s ordinance, which was passed in late December, and a similar ordinance that was passed in Dawson Springs.
Rogers also said that if the Cadiz City Council passes its alcohol ordinance, it still won’t take effect until Thursday, July 15, when the city’s reclassification as a Class Four City takes effect. The reclassification means that local restaurants will be eligible to sell liquor by the drink this summer.
While the only liquor store in the city limits is Main Street Liquors, El Bracero Mexican Restaurant, which has served beer for a while now, and many of the convenience stores with beer licenses are in the city limits, said Geiger. Businesses in the city limits of Cadiz will only be taxed by the city.