Business is booming for one segment of the economy in Kansas during the coronavirus pandemic: liquor stores.
The Wichita Eagle reports that tax collections on liquor sales at stores are up 17.9% from July to September compared to last year, according to data from the Kansas Department of Revenue.
It’s not just Kansas.
The data organization Nielsen says liquor sales at stores are up 22.7% nationwide from March 1 through mid-September compared to the same time last year.
The surge in alcohol sales comes as bars and restaurants have taken a severe hit due to the pandemic.
Kansas Department of Revenue Director of Taxation Steve Stotts says that instead of going to the bar and buying their drink, people are going to the liquor store and taking it home with them.
Brian Davis, who owns one of the five Davis Liquor Outlets around Wichita, said every day from March to June was like Christmas time, when liquor sales tend to increase.
Sales started to recede but only briefly, as the arrival of football season caused another spike.