Final Price $4,600,100.00
Time Left Closed
High Bidder
# of Bids 100 
First Offer $1,000.00
Auction Started Mar 7, 2012 10:24:14 PM MST
Auction Ended Apr 20, 2012 5:00:00 PM MDT
Seller State of Washington Liquor Control Board
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WA State Liquor Control Board    [Map It]
3000 Pacific Ave. SE
Olympia, WA  98504
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To be qualified to bid on this auction, please register on this website and then contact DES Surplus Operations at (360) 753-3508 ext. 1 with the following:

  1. Your User Name, Personal or Business Name, Phone Number, Address and e-mail
  2. Bid Deposit payment of $1,000 to bid on any of the individual auctions OR $5,000 to bid on the "All Liquor Stores" auction (forms of payment accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Cashier's Check, Money Order, or Cash).

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DES Surplus Operations

P.O. Box 41030

Olympia, WA 98504

Once we verify your information and collect your Bid Deposit, we will release you to bid.

This business opportunity provides you the exclusive right to apply for spirit retail licenses at all 167 locations of the existing state liquor stores in their current footprint. These stores provide a major market presence across the State of Washington. They are well established profitable retail stores with an established customer base*.

The retail business has proven to be a highly profitable operation netting 14% on average generating over $64 million on net sales.

An experienced professional staff of product knowledge experts who love their customers is also available for immediate hire to ensure your seamless transition into business. These store locations include modern merchandising fixtures and flexible layout that is conducive to a variety of business models.

*Note: One location (Klahanie) was leased with some site preparation such as outdoor signage however did not open due to I-1183

Quick Stats
Average Square Footage:5,193
Typical Hours of Operation:Mon - Thu 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 56 stores are open from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Summary of State Liquor Stores

Gross Sales:$689,462,994
Net Sales:$461,535,632
Direct Expense:$363,951,144
Indirect Expense:$  33,155,949
Adjustments:$       232,177
Net Profit:$  64,096,084
Profit Margin:               14%

What Does the Winner Receive?
The winning bidder shall be granted;

  1. the exclusive right to apply for a spirit retail license at all the locations of the existing state liquor stores in their current footprint.

  2. the ability to sell spirits, if licensed to do so, at a retail location less than 10,000 ft2. (Note: this is otherwise not allowed by law except for specific and limited exceptions

  3. the right to sell spirits, if licensed to do so, at these locations which is not subject to challenge by local jurisdictional authorities.

  4. the remaining store fixtures such as shelving and gondolas

What Are the Winners Options?
The winning bidder shall have the following options;

  1. In the event the winning bidder is unable to reach agreement with the landlord, they may request the relocation of the right to another address within one (1) radius mile of the state store location. The new location would be subject to jurisdictional comment.

  2. Purchase all remaining inventory in the store as of the close of business on May 31, 2012 at a special discounted price of cost less $7.97 per case. Bidder would be required to obtain a spirit retail license in order to purchase the inventory.

  3. Engage the landlord and pursue a lease for occupancy of the location associated with the right.

  4. Sell or transfer the right to another individual.

  5. Do nothing.


What Additional Information is Available?
There are additional data sheets and resources available to bidders

  1. F.A.Q's: A list of the most common questions and answers related to this auction process.

  2. Data Book: Compilation workbook for all stores reporting on annual sales, income statements, inventory levels, square footage, landlord contact information, and more.

  3. Licensing Information: Learn critical information necessary to apply and qualify for a spirit retail license.

  4. Auction Terms & Conditions: Read the full details of all auction terms and conditions which apply to this transaction and the associated rights, remedies, and options to those parties involved.

  5. Full Text of I-1183: Interested parties who would like to read more about the provisions of I-1183 may access the full text.

What if I have More Questions?
To assist the bidder with specific questions, and/or issues, we provided a FAQs attachment. If you have additional questions or concerns, please utilize the question feature within Public Surplus.


In accordance with I-1183, Section 102 (4)(c), the Washington State Liquor Control Board is selling "by auction open to the public the right at each state-owned store location of a spirits retail licensee to operate a liquor store upon the premises. Such right must be freely alienable and subject to all state and local zoning and land use requirements applicable to the property. Acquisition of the operating rights must be a precondition to, but does not establish eligibility for, a spirits retail license at the location of a state store and does not confer any privilege conferred by a spirits retail license. Holding the rights does not require the holder of the right to operate a liquor-licensed business or apply for a liquor license."

Interested parties who would like to read more about the provisions of I-1183 may access the Full Text of I-1183.
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