Wildcards in our recent look at where on Capitol Hill retailers are planning to sell booze in the new 1183 world are the two state-run liquor stores in the neighborhood on 12th Ave and Broadway. The auction to win rights to *possibly* grandfathers those store locations into the state’s new liquor environment started today — so far, nobody is bidding on Capitol Hill.
Welcome to the state liquor store auction page. On this page you will find the necessary information you need as you consider whether or not to bid.Important: Please read the state store auction fact sheet and frequently asked questions below carefully before proceeding to the auction site.
There are two critical elements of this auction:
1. Rights. Successful bidders will have purchased the exclusive right to apply for a license to sell liquor at a location less than the 10,000 square foot threshold established by state law. Successful bidders will still need to negotiate a lease with the landlord at the existing store location. If you are unable to secure a lease at that location, upon approval of the Liquor Control Board, you may seek an alternative location within a one mile radius of the existing state store.
2. Individual store or system bid. The Liquor Control Board is running two auctions simultaneously. Individual store rights are being auctioned as well an opportunity to purchase all store rights in a single system-wide bid. The Board is charged by law with seeking “maximum reasonable value” for the store rights. Following the auction period, the Board will determine whether to select the individual store bids or a single system-wide bid.
As the guidelines lay out, the online auction of 167 state liquor stores will only transfer the rights to apply for a spirits retailing licenses in locations that don’t meet the 10,000 square-foot 1883 requirement. There is the interesting option, however, for a winning bidder to “seek an alternative location within a one mile radius” if the winner can’t work out a lease for the existing space. Then there’s also the whole single system bid possibility discussed over on Slog earlier today.
We’re not about to try to analyze the business prospects here. Instead, we’ll look at how the bids are progressing for Capitol Hill’s two state liquor operations — Store #42 at Broadway and Harrison and Store #28 across the street from East Precinct at 12th and Pine. Both stores currently show zero bids. By contrast, the math must work out a little better for the 23rd and Union store in the Central District which has already attracted a small amount of bidding activity. Perhaps the lack of competition in the area makes it a more attractive candidate. Maybe it’s the better prospect of working out an alternative location and securing approval from the state. We’ll follow the money to try to sort it all out. The auctions are slated to end on April 20th.
Store # : Store Established : 2004 Approx. Cost Base of Current Inventory : $125,206 Fiscal Year 2011 Gross Sales : $2,966,333 Approx. Square Footage : 3,400 Typical Staffing Level : 4-8 Employees 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 – Closed
Store # : Store Established : 1982 Approx. Cost Base of Current Inventory : $499,882 Fiscal Year 2011 Gross Sales : $2,478,649 Approx. Square Footage : 6,440 Typical Staffing Level : 4-8 Employees 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 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.