Last Call: Liquor Control Board to close 14 state liquor stores Thursday

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) announced today it will shut-down 14 state liquor stores statewide — including one in Tacoma — to compensate for store employees leaving for new jobs. The WSLCB analyzed market-areas where closings would occur, and identified only stores where there would be minimal disruption. The WSLCB has been filling store vacancies with temporary workers since December 2011. The closure of the 14 stores is not related to the state liquor store auction. In making the decision to close these specific locations, staff considered the proximity of other stores, as well as those other store’s capability to meet the increased customer base, said Retail Director Chris Liu. The stores affected are not among the highest or lowest volume locations. Their sales fall in the middle. Closing the 14 locations will free up approximately 60 experienced employees to fill-in the gaps at other stores. In Tacoma, the WSLCB will close Store #84, located at 1415 East 72nd Street, Suite B. For more information, visit .

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