March 10, 2011
The Gloucester City Business Association (GCBA) at its February 22 membership meeting overwhelmingly supported a motion by its Board of Directors to obtain the necessary signatures to place the following question on the November election ballot as a first step towards extending Sunday hours in Gloucester City:
“In order for our restaurants and bars to be competitive with businesses in surrounding communities, shall Sunday hours during which the sale of alcoholic beverages at retail for consumption on premises in the City of Gloucester be expanded to include those hours between 12 PM / Noon (commencement) and 2 AM (cessation) ?”
Currently restaurants and bars in Gloucester City are not permitted to open until 1 PM and must close by 10 PM on Sundays. Restaurants and bars are able to remain open until 2 AM or later in the surrounding communities of Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Haddon Township, Oaklyn and Pennsauken. The current 10 PM closing time in Gloucester City requires that our bars and restaurants close before the end of sporting events such as pro football (including the Super Bowl), college and pro basketball, ice hockey as special events such as the Academy Awards and the Miss America Pageant and many other special events and activities. Therefore, local residents must leave Gloucester City and travel to surrounding towns to watch Sunday night events and purchase food and drink.
During the current difficult economic times, GCBA restaurants and bars should not be disadvantaged versus competing businesses in surrounding communities.
GCBA is composed of 80+ businesses that employ local workers and continually invest in Gloucester City projects and organizations. Marketing research shows 45% of every dollar spent at a locally owned business goes back into the community and our tax base. Therefore your signature of the Extended Sunday Hours petition will benefit not only our restaurants and bars but will be helpful to Gloucester City’s economy.
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