Area residents will be able to purchase packaged alcoholic beverages an hour earlier on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in Montgomery this year as a result of action taken by the village board Monday evening.
The board voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the village’s liquor code that allows for retailers holding licenses to sell packaged alcoholic beverages to begin sales at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. on a “Sunday upon the occasion that a holiday falls on a Sunday,” according to a memo prepared by the village’s attorneys.
The upcoming Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve holidays fit the amendment’s definition of a Sunday holiday.
The board’s action was prompted by a request from Binny’s Beverage Depot, which operates a store in the Ogden Hill shopping center at Routes 30 and 34 in the village.
When questioned by board members, Laura Julien, an attorney for the village, said the amendment would affect businesses that hold class A, B or C liquor licenses.
In addition to Binny’s, Police Chief Daniel Meyers said the amendment would also apply to the two Walgreens stores in the village and Walmart.
A representative for Binny’s told the board that his firm made its request because it anticipates busy days for sales on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. He noted that at some of the firm’s stores customers are “lined up out the door” prior to opening on holidays.
Referring to the Montgomery store, he said, “If we are not open, that just means the customers are going to go to Plainfield or Naperville and I don’t think that is what Montgomery wants.”
In approving the amendment, the board also agreed to a suggestion by Village President Matt Brolley to review the current 10 a.m. Sunday opening time for retailers holding packaged liquor licenses.
Brolley noted that since the village already allows liquor sales to start at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning when there is no holiday, “it kind of begs the question: why not 9 a.m?”
Board member Stan Bond thanked the Binny’s representative for locating the store in the village.
“It’s very clean store and it’s a great addition [to Montgomery],” Bond said.
“It’s been a lot of fun and business keeps ticking up since we opened a little over a year ago, which is a great sign,” the Binny’s representative said. “We’ve had an incredible response from the community and we are looking forward to seeing the business grow.”
In other business:
• The board voiced unanimous support for a conceptual plan to locate a self-storage facility on a 3.4-acre site along the west side of Orchard Road, immediately south of the Orchard Road Animal Hospital. A Commonwealth Edison substation borders the site to the south.
• The board continued a public hearing on the proposed 468-unit Montgomery Place apartment complex until the next regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 8. No one attended Monday’s hearing to comment on the development, which is proposed for construction on the north side of Route 30 at Goodwin Drive, just east of the Oswego Public Library District’s Montgomery Campus Library.