Cheers! Locals Saying Good Riddance to a Rough Decade

Jeff Favor, Texas Liquor
Jeff Favor, Texas Liquor

by: Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - It's been a holiday season for the record books for local liquor stores. As NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos found out, local liquor stores are cashing in on a tough economy.

New Years Eve is one of the busiest days of the year for local liquor stores, but to say many local stores were busy is a bit of an understatement... They were slammed.

It's a decade many would like to forget, and it's one to which many are happy to say good riddance. "All the recession and the worries about money problems... Gas prices... low unemployment."

Filled with high hopes for this next decade, near record numbers of local folks will be saying goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010 with a cold glass in hand.

Party Stop's Mary Stallings says, "They were lined up at 9:30 this morning waiting for us to open." And that's something liquor store owners say is worth raising a glass to.

Texas Liquor's Jeff Favor says, "We're doing better this year. Almost a twenty percent increase."

Stallings adds, "People drink in good times and people drink in bad times."

With these past ten years being called the "Decade from Hell", it should come as no surprise folks are stocking up.

Favor says, "A whole lot of Crown, lot of champagne, lot of stuff like that. Holiday stuff. And cold weather things like Goldschlager and Peppermint Schnapps."

If you have champagne taste on a beer budget... Your time has come.

With bubbly sales going flat in 2009... There are more than one billion bottles of champagne in warehouses, all dressed up with no where to go.

Which means you can raise your glass to, in some cases, half-price champagne.