Alcohol sales begin in Cullman

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - Legal alcohol sales have begun in the city of Cullman and long lines of happy customers formed quickly.

The Catoma Mart, at the intersection of Eva Road and Alabama Hwy 157, received the the first alcohol license in the city. Sales began around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Owner Danny Freeman said he experienced "chaos" for the entire day. Lines reached to the back of the store. "It's going well," said Freeman. "Increase revenue, that's my whole thing, that's what i'm hoping for."

Customers said they were excited about the chance to buy alcohol in city limits.

"I love it," said Cullman resident David Flanagan, "I've waited my whole life for this.  It's about time it happened here."

"Now we don't have to drive to Warrior or Decatur," said Cullman resident Jamie White. "Now a lot more money stays here that's been leaving here all these years."

City officials continue to process other alcohol license applications as quickly as they can.  

Once the city makes a recommendation for approval, the applicant must then be approved by the state, and that process can take an additional 10 days.  

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