Liquor sales spike as winter weather approaches

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – With more winter weather approaching, some residents in southeastern Tennessee are stocking up on liquor as well as milk and bread.

Customers at Riverside Wine & Spirits in Chattanooga told WRCB-TV that they came in Tuesday to get alcohol before more snow and ice hit the region. The National Weather Service says another 6 inches of snow could fall in the region by Thursday morning.

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Carol Sampson said she and her husband drove from Sewanee to stock up before the system hits.

Jamie Campbell, who works at Riverside Wine & Spirits, said customers also were stocking up last Friday before a snowstorm hit. Even though the store closed early due to the weather, Campbell said sales were still about $5,000 more than on a normal Friday night.

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