WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The West Monroe Board of Aldermen approved a new measure allowing alcohol sales on Sundays.
They voted 3 to 1 to pass the ordinance, which allows alcohol to be sold between noon and 10 p.m.
Now, grocery stores, liquor stores, gas stations and restaurants can all take part in Sunday alcohol sales.
This follows the passage of a similar bill in Ouachita Parish back in October.
Ben Westerber believes it's long overdue. He says, "Ouachita Parish has changed it. It's been law in Monroe now for some time, so to make it fair for all the people that want businesses in West Monroe, I'd like to match the Parish's law."
Before voting, business managers asked the Aldermen to vote in favor.
"Allow these businesses to contribute to and fully participate in the economic success of the City of West Monroe," said a Walmart manager.
Westerber even says, "It just levels the playing field for the people that are already here: Walmart, Super 1 Foods, Walmart Market, Brookshire's, companies like that and of course other smaller ones are not able to meet what their competition is doing in the parish."
The ordinance goes into effect immediately.