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Revelers stock up to ring in 2019

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Customers make New Year's Eve selections at a Denison liquor store. (KTEN) Customers make New Year's Eve selections at a Denison liquor store. (KTEN)
Champagne remains a traditional way to welcome the new year. (KTEN) Champagne remains a traditional way to welcome the new year. (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- "Everybody wants to celebrate!" said Joy Brooks, manager of Fossil Creek Liquor in Denison as she braced for one of her biggest days of the year, when hundreds of customers pour in to find their last-minute booze.

"We came in specifically to buy and kind of stock up on some stuff for the end of the year," customer Ashley Hamilton said.

On New Year's Eve, liquor stores are expected to make a profit of more than $50,000, and that calls for extra preparation.

"The whole month of December stays fairly busy, so therefore you have to keep up on your inventory," Brooks said. "You always have to add a little extra to it."

Look around inside any liquor store and you'll notice the shelves are loaded with bubbly.

"We have a slew of champagnes on the floor; we have some in the cooler already ready for you to pick up that are cold... and I've got extra," Brooks promised.

But not everybody will be popping champagne Monday at midnight.

"Tonight we're going for Jack Daniel's... that's what I'm getting," said Christopher Young.

"Picking up some of our favorites to -- you know -- drink beforehand, and then once we want to get a little crazier, we'll switch to the hard stuff," Hamilton said.

And while champagne has always been a tradition at this time of year, Brooks said they're selling a little bit of everything.

"We sell a lot of other bourbons and vodkas also, but champagne is one of the big things."

Liquor stores in Texas will close at 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

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