Albertville amends alcoholic beverage ordinance

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ALVERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- Last month, residents of two Marshall County cities voted YES to seven day alcohol sales.  Monday night, council members of one of those cities voted on whether or not they wished to make amendments to restrictions on their previous alcoholic beverages ordinance .

Albertville City Council voted to amend the standing ordinance regulating the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within city limits.  The changes have removed all restrictions on operating hours, allowing business owners to sell at their discretion, any hour of the day, any day of the week.

The new amendment is expected to open new areas of economic and business growth for the city.

Council President Nathan Broadhurst said not having access to seven day alcohol sales was a deal breaker for some new businesses.

"So obviously we hope that with the citizens making this decision and the council allowing free operation, that hopefully we'll be able to change some of their minds and attract them to the area."

The new ordinance applies to on premise businesses such as restaurants and bars, and for off premise retailers.  It's expected to go into effect the beginning of October.