What local business owners had to say about delivering alcohol

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Octavia Ybarra, manager of 129 Package Store off Athens Highway in Gainesville, said her workplace also experienced an increase in sales over the past few months, but she sees the delivery bill as a great means of reeling in more income.  Ybarra said the package store’s customers would be thrilled at the idea of having alcohol delivered to their homes and would “definitely take advantage” of it. “I think it would be a pretty big game changer,” she said. “I don’t think it’s a bad idea. It would help prevent people from drinking and driving.” Downtown Drafts on Gainesville’s square also shares the same enthusiasm.  Aimee Hoecker, co-owner of the beer and wine shop, said as soon as the measure is signed and enacted into law, her business will begin deliveries. Since Downtown Drafts is licensed as a package store, it falls under the bill.  Hoecker said she thinks her customers would use the service since many of them are receiving their beer and wine via curbside pickup. Because her business already has a Brews Cruiser— a van that brings beer, wine and cider to events on tap— she said delivering alcohol shouldn’t be an issue. “ …

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