SPARTANBURG (AP) — Spartanburg County Council has given tentative approval to allow voters to decide if bars and restaurants can serve alcohol on Sundays.


The ordinance endorsed on Tuesday will require two more votes before voters get to decide on the sales, the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported.


Councilman Michael Brown said the move would help economic development in the county. Brown represents the city of Spartanburg, where Sunday sales in bars and restaurants already are legal.


Councilman Roger Nutt said county restaurants and bars need Sunday sales to compete with nearby restaurants.


I’m really tired of hearing people say they have to go to Greenville to eat because there are no restaurants in Spartanburg County,” Nutt said. “I think it’s important for Spartanburg to move forward. Other counties and municipalities are getting on board and it puts Spartanburg County at a disadvantage.”


Greer also allows Sunday sales. Eleven counties in the state have approved Sunday sales.


If the council does approve the idea by mid-August, voters would decide the question in November’s election.


Only food establishments with permits for alcohol sales would qualify to apply for permits allowing them to sell alcohol on Sundays. The application fee for such a permit is more than $3,000.


Spartanburg County endorses Sunday alcohol vote