Liquor Sales Steady Leading Up To Irene

Posted on 26 August 2011

Liquor Store

In addition to batteries, flashlights and tape, for some, hurricane survival packs are not quite complete without a good Chardonnay. Or Pinot. (Whatever your preference.)

However, Bob Schmitz of the Sag Harbor Liquor Store said sales are just as steady as they were before Hurricane Irene entered the collective consciousness.

“It’s about the same,” he confirmed.

Even though sales have skyrocketed in advance of the coming storm at other Main Street shops (including the Variety Store, Emporium True Value Hardware and Schiavoni’s), from his perspective, relatively normal sales at the liquor store might be because some people have decided not to stick around to battle Irene, which is expected to hit on Sunday.

“A lot of people have already left,” he said.

Schmitz added that he came over the Jordan Haerter Memorial Bridge this morning, Friday, August 26, “wondering what I was going to see.” The scene partially illustrates what he’s seeing in sales, he said: “The marina was emptying.”

“We’re going to have a slower Labor Day based on what this storm has already done,” he predicted.

Schmitz said he suspects many second homeowners who are now pulling their boats will put them in winter storage early, rather than put them back into the water.

As he sees it, Hurricane Irene has already caused damage to the village.

He continued, “People are going to be eating their hot dogs [on Labor Day] in Nassau County this year.”

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