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Alcohol sales on Labor Day? No deal.

By Meghan Cooke
macooke@charlotteobserver.com

Delegates and other Democratic convention visitors won’t be able to stock up on spirits on Labor Day after all.

A bipartisan group of legislators from Mecklenburg County had introduced a bill in the N.C. General Assembly to keep ABC stores in Mecklenburg open on Labor Day for this year only.

The exception would have meant that local ABC stores wouldn’t have to close for two days in a row, allowing restaurants, hotels and caterers to stock up on liquor ahead of thousands arriving for the convention.

But in an email to members of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality and Tourism Alliance, on behalf of its president Mohammad Jenatian, officials noted the bill did not pass and that alcohol can not be purchased on Labor Day in Mecklenburg.

The bill passed in the state House in June but was apparently referred to a committee in the Senate, where the bill remains, according to the General Assembly’s website.

ABC stores are closed on Sundays and five holidays, including Labor Day.

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