State to put two Kent liquor stores back up for auction

The State Liquor Control Board will auction off 18 liquor stores, including two in Kent, on May 24 in Seattle. - COURTESY DRAWING
The State Liquor Control Board will auction off 18 liquor stores, including two in Kent, on May 24 in Seattle.
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Two Kent liquor stores are among the 18 the Washington State Liquor Control Board will put back up for auction.

The top bidders for the 18 state stores did not pay their posted bid as part of an online auction last month and sacrificed their deposit, according to a liquor board media release. The state has collected $25.9 million in bid fees for 149 state liquor stores.

The state will run a live auction on Thursday, May 24 at the liquor board's distribution center, 4401 E. Marginal Way in Seattle. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and live bids begin at 10 a.m. A bid deposit of $10,000 is required.

“This has been a highly successful auction process,” said liquor board business enterprise director Pat McLaughlin. “We have already collected nearly $26 million in bids plus about $1 million more in fees.”

Successful bidders will win the exclusive right to apply for a liquor license at the current location within its current footprint. All state liquor stores are below the 10,000 square foot threshold for liquor sales established by Initiative 1183 that privatized sales and takes the state out of the liquor business.

The new law goes into effect June 1.

The Kent stores up for bid are Store No. 66, 20514 108th Ave. S.E. on the East Hill and Store No. 82, 23219 Pacific Hwy. S., on the West Hill.

Additional details on the live public auction and comprehensive data on each of the 18 stores being auctioned is available on the WSLCB website at Look for the “Public Auction” graphic on the homepage.

Stores to be auctioned with store number, city and street address:

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


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