Buy your liquor before Sunday or go to New Mexico

EL PASO, Texas - Texas liquor laws will keep local shoppers from buying booze in El Paso during the holiday weekend.

However, stores in New Mexico like the Side Door Liquor Store in Sunland Park plan on having a big crowd starting Sunday.

Sindi Zeller, the liquor store’s manager, told KTSM, “Typically we have great Sundays but because of the holiday it’s even more.”

In Texas, it’s illegal for liquor stores to be open on Sunday or on certain holidays like Christmas or New Year’s Day.

This year, both those holidays fall on a Monday which means Texans will have to look across state lines if they plan on buying alcohol on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

Manuel Torres runs Mountain Liquor in northeast El Paso and said, "(New Mexico) is better than us in that point.”

Torres said he wished the state would let him work longer leading into the holidays or let him work on Monday.

He said, “I'm willing to come open on Monday – at least half a day to serve whatever the customer needs. They should allow us to open one hour early and close one hour late. It would be better for the customer to prepare themselves.”

The Side Door is open from noon to midnight on Sunday and Monday. However, Mountain Liquor won’t be open again until Tuesday.

Shopper can still buy beer and wine at local grocery stores.

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