Over the past few months, Commerce has undertaken a few “baby steps” that should help the city be more attractive to potential new businesses.
The latest was last Tuesday’s vote authorizing the Sunday sales of alcohol — by the drink in restaurants and by the package in local grocery and convenience stores.
No one should expect a rush of new license requests, an influx of tax revenue or the arrival of new stores and restaurants. Allowing Sunday sales will not cause anyone to get into business, but it can be a factor in whether a business opens in Commerce or somewhere else. Failure to approve Sunday sales might have caused a prospective new business to locate in unincorporated Jackson County just outside of Commerce instead of in the city. Likewise, passage of Sunday sales gives the city a tiny bit of edge over Banks County, where the Sunday sales effort failed.
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