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Potential liquor petition could affect business in Angelina, Nacogdoches counties

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Several Angelina County residents make the trip over the river bridge on US 59 every day to purchase spirits.

"We're the first liquor store, the first stop, so we see a lot of business,” said Stephanie Tang, whose family owns Hill’s Drive Thru Liquor. “It’s easier for them to stop here then go all the way to Nacogdoches."

However, if the proposed petition to allow hard liquor to be sold in Angelina County becomes law, it could lead to big changes in business for Angelina County and stores like Hill's in Nacogdoches County.

"I haven't actually seen the petition and it hasn't been something on our radar, so have no way of knowing what the potential economic growth would be,” said Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter. “I'm sure there is some benefit to the economy or they wouldn't have those stores right outside of our county borders."

"Of course, if it does become legal in Angelina County, we would probably think about moving to Lufkin because most of our customer base is in Lufkin,” Tang said.

In fact, when the sale of beer and wine became legal in Angelina County, Hill's saw a loss in business for those items and figure the same thing could happen with liquor sales. However, Tang said this isn't the first time someone has tried to start a petition like this.

“A lot of people have tried this and it hasn't gone through so far, so we'll see how it goes,” Tang said.

However if the petition does pass, it will be put on the November ballot.

"That's something that has to be settled at the ballot box,” Suiter said. “The people of the county and voters will have to express their desires."

Whatever happens, we'll always be here and we'll be happy to move and make our customers happy in Lufkin, and if it doesn't pass through we'll still be here in Nacogdoches County,” Tang said.

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