JEFFERSON CITY (WATE) – History will be made Wednesday in Jefferson City as the first liquor store will open its doors. Sixty-four percent of voters in Jefferson City voted to allow package store liquor sales.

Tony Wiggins is opening his first small family business Wednesday morning called Volunteer Spirits Package Store on Highway 92.

“We’ve been wanting to do a family business for quite some time. We are a little nervous, but we feel pretty confident that we’ve done everything right,” said Wiggins.

He and his family have lived in East Tennessee for 35 years. Wiggins says complaints from Jefferson City residents inspired him to open this package store.

“We hope to offer service to the community that will prevent them from having to drive outside their community and pay taxes to other communities to get the thing they want,” said Wiggins.

He says his taxes are a bit higher than surrounding communities, at eight percent, but he says it is good to see the money staying in Jefferson City.

“We will pay that tax and it’s up to us to set our prices accordingly. We are going to do our best to stay competitive with Morristown and Knoxville,” said Wiggins.

Even with the future possibility of wine being sold at area grocery stores, Wiggins says he wasn’t concerned about the impact on his new business.

“The wine in supermarkets will be a convenience thing for when you’re in the supermarket. When people want to get a good wine and they want to choose from a vast selection, they’ll still come here,” said Wiggins.

Another liquor store is getting ready to open less than two miles away. The owner of Mossy Creek Wines and Spirits says he hopes to open on Monday. Both owners say reaction from residents has been positive, especially with many voters supporting liquor sales.

“A lot of people coming by very enthusiastic when are we going to open,” said Wiggins.

Residents and business owners WATE 6 On Your Side spoke with had mixed reaction to the liquor stores opening. Some are thrilled, saying more traffic will mean more business for them, but some were concerned a liquor store could increase alcoholism in the community.