Cleveland Co. Voters To Decide On Alcohol Sales In Unincorporated Areas

CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. – Voters in Cleveland County will soon decide whether to expand alcohol sales to unincorporated parts of the county.

Right now, only cities and towns can give stores permission to sell beer and wine.

Commissioners voted to put countywide alcohol sales on a referendum next March.

They say rural business owners have reached out, arguing those in the city have an unfair advantage.

“People are still gonna find it one way or another. There’s really no point to keep a (store in the county) from selling it,” says customer Ricky Soulies.

Commissioners say if the referendum passes, around 30 existing businesses would be able to sell alcohol.

The election is scheduled for March 8, 2022.