State liquor store rights open for bid via online auction

The Washington State Liquor Control Board today launched an online auction open to the public that will allow interested parties to exclusive rights to apply for a liquor license at the current location within its current footprint.

Successful bidders will have the exclusive right to sell spirits at 167 locations less than the 10,000-square-foot threshold established by Initiative 1183. The online auction closes April 20. Announcement of winning bidders is tentatively scheduled for April 30.

Details of the online auction including: a fact sheet, frequently asked questions (FAQ), auction terms and conditions and a link to the bidding site are available on the WSLCB website at

This first-ever auction of state liquor store location rights is one of the last major milestones before the transition to private sales on June 1.

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