Tribune-Courier General Manager
Mike Roof was watching intently last Tuesday night as results from the alcohol referendum were made public. As the owner of the Southside Paducah Roof Brothers, his business depends on customers from Marshall County who patronize his liquor store.
Roof says 35-40 percent of his business comes from Marshall County residents who cross the county line to purchase alcohol. A successful wet vote could have taken a deep cut into his business.
“From a business standpoint I’m happy it went the way it did. I’m sorry for the people of the county who wanted to have the right to buy alcohol, but I’m glad it went the way it did,” said Roof.
“I’m not sure Marshall County would have ever drawn any major restaurants or hotels like they thought they would if it had gone wet, though,” he said.
Henry Higgins of Trigg County was also keenly interested in the outcome of the vote last week. He owns Lakeview One Stop in Canton and during the collapse of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge he said his business suffered by nearly 75 percent percent. Higgins was not available for comment on the alcohol vote due to a recent illness.
On the same night Marshall County opted to remain dry, voters in Murray approved packaged liquor sales. It is likely those from the south end of the county will make their way to Murray once sales begin. Officials with the Alcohol and Beverage Control Commission say that will be at least 90 days.
Sissy Wommack of Marshall 1st said her group will monitor the state of the economy in three years which is as soon as the issue can come up for vote again in Marshall County.