Irving Residents Getting Their Drink On

Sunday, Jan 11, 2009  |  Updated 7:13 PM CDT
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Beer and Wine Sales Booming in Irving

Wine and beer sales in full swing in Irving.

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Beer and Wine Sales Booming in Irving

Beer and wine sales are booming in Irving after vote passes by just one percent.
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Beer and wine sales are in full swing in Irving.

Once the largest dry suburb in North Texas, beer and wine appears to be flying off the shelves in Irving.

"It's great. It's long over due," said Steve Shrader, customer.

After two recent failed attempts, voters approved wine and beer sales last November.

"I'm pretty happy with it and I live real close so it makes it easier than having to go over to Coppell or somewhere else," said Laura Erickson, wine shopper.

Erickson is like many Irving residents who voted in favor of beer and wine sales.

And so is Monica Spratlen, who said, "I think it's a good idea because you don't have to drive as far, you don't have to drive to Dallas to get it."

Beer and wine sales in Irving passed by a very narrow margin, 1 percent.

"I used to just get juice off the counter, now there's beer everywhere. There are more beer cabinets than juice cabinets and that's not good, especially with kids in the neighborhood and stuff," said Krys Greene, who voted against the sales.   

But the empty spaces in a beer display at a North Irving Kroger mean something else as well.

"We're hearing from customers that they appreciate the fact that they can come into Irving stores and buy beer and wine and not have to go into other cities to give their sales tax dollars to other cities," said Rebecca King with Kroger.

Irving doesn't allow alcohol sales within 300 feet of a church or school.

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