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PELHAM, N.C. -- Come July, North Carolinians living near the Virginia border can cross into Virginia for more than to buy cheaper gas.

Virginia lawmakers voted to allow ABC stores run by the commonwealth, even those in rural areas, to open after 1 p.m. on Sundays starting July 1. Right now, ABC stores in cities are allowed to open on Sundays.

"It’s kind of like an inconvenience that it's not open on Sunday," says Jared Cook, who believes Sunday, once set aside for faith and rest, should be treated as a normal business day.

"Everybody has different beliefs, and it's a country that is open to those different things and I think they should actually service everybody," Cook said.

The law doesn't require the ABC board to open its stores on Sundays. It instead gives the board the option to choose which ones to open on Sundays.

A recent survey of North Carolina residents by this state's ABC commission showed they would like to see ABC stores open on Sunday.