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SHREVEPORT, La. - Shreveport City Council members are considering changes to liquor sales laws.

Councilman John Nickelson asked his colleagues Monday to look at changing two ordinances.

One has to do with the hours of alcohol sales for liquor stores outside of downtown.

Nickelson would like to have those liquor stores closed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Right now, they have to be closed from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Nickelson is also looking at changing the distance of liquor stores to homes.

Currently, liquor stores can't be within 300 feet or less from a church, day care center, public library or school. The exception is colleges.

Nickelson wants the same law to apply to homes.

A second generation owner of Thrifty Liquor said changing store hours would drastically hurt his business.

"Our business is financially structured around our current hours of operation, in regards to sales projections, employee incentives, commissions, bonuses, and any of our debt services," Tracy Toups said. "We would be forced to lay off some employees, and pull away some of our employee incentives as well." 

Nickelson responded saying he believes the time changes will have a marginal impact.

Councilman Willie Bradford asked for Toups to return to the council with numbers on how much the business could be impacted.

The two ordinances can't be adopted until Nov. 12.

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