Hundreds of people bidding on 18 state liquor stores

Hundreds of people bidding on 18 state liquor stores

Credit: Krista McManus / KING

A Washington state liquor store auction in Seattle, May 24, 2012. The rights to 18 state-run liquor stores were up for bid.

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Updated Thursday, May 24 at 11:17 AM

SEATTLE -- Hundreds of people showed up at a state liquor board office in Seattle Thursday to bid for the right to take over one of 18 state-run liquor stores.

The Washington state Liquor Control Board is hosting the live auction after the top bidders for those stores failed to pay their posted bids following an online auction last month.

Washington is in the process of privatizing its liquor sales after voters approved an initiative kicking the state out of the liquor business. The state must stop selling liquor by June 1.

The state-run liquor system was formed in the 1930s in the aftermath of Prohibition. Voters approved I-1183 last fall allowing stores larger than 10,000 square feet to sell liquor, though smaller stores could sell liquor if there are no other outlets within a certain area. The exception is the state's contract and state-run stores.

Bidders already have paid out $25.9 million for the rights to 149 state stores.

A bid deposit of $10,000 is required for the remaining 18 stores. The auction began at 10 a.m.

The stores up for bid are:

  • 002    Seattle    1201 2nd Ave.
  • 003    Tacoma    3208 South 23rd St., Suite 1
  • 006    Marysville    6608 64th St. NE, Suite C
  • 032    Enumclaw    1040 Stevenson Ave. #B
  • 042    Seattle    400 Broadway E
  • 044    Spokane    5004 E Sprague Ave. #101
  • 066    Kent    20514 108th Ave. SE
  • 082    Kent    23219 Pacific Hwy S
  • 085    Bellevue    15600 NE 8th St. #K-07
  • 093    Kenmore    6820 NE Bothell Way
  • 113    Seattle    118 NE 45th St.
  • 122    Tacoma    7048 Pacific Ave.
  • 132    Lakewood    8217 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
  • 140    Bellingham    1255 Barkley Blvd. #107
  • 151    Ocean Shores    171E Chance Alamer NE #C
  • 159    Kennewick    731 N Columbia Center Blvd.
  • 168    Vancouver    3425 SE 192nd Ave. #114
  • 179    North Bend    320 SW Mt. Si Blvd. 109

More information about the auction can be found at liq.wa.gov.

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