The Village of Cardigan is asking the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission to reinstate longer hours for its liquor store.
For the past two summers, the local liquor store closed at 6 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, but local businesses want it open until at least 9 p.m. those nights.
The village council received a petition with 400 signatures on Monday night.
"It's been brought to council's attention that the modified and reduced hours at the liquor store in Cardigan [are] having a negative impact on some other businesses in the community," said Coun. Russ Stewart.
"They brought their concerns to the village and the village discussed it and decided to see if there was anything we could do to bring the hours back."
Local gas station owner Francis Rice says traffic in the village "dies down after six. Everyone's going to Montague" to pick up their liquor. He says his store and others miss out on selling gas, drink mix, cigarettes and snacks to those customers.
Jamie MacLeod, director of corporate services with the liquor commission, says the change in hours during the spring of 2012 was a business decision. Hours at all PEI liquor stores underwent a major overhaul at the time.
He says it's proven to be the right one.
"We're in this to run this like a business," he says.
MacLeod says he "can't see anything changing," but it will be up to the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission CEO and board to decide after they review the letter from Cardigan.
MacLeod also points out that the commission decided this summer to extend some hours at the Cardigan store. It opened on Sundays from 12 noon to 5 p.m., when it previously had been closed. Winter hours, though, will once again see the store closed on Sundays.
There are also fears in the community that the Commission may close the liquor store. MacLeod says there are "no plans" to do that.