Friday, July 20, 2012

Oregon Enjoys Robust Liquor Sales Following Washington's Privatization

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Washington's recent privatization of liquor sales has been good for business—in Oregon.

The Associated Press reports that June liquor sales jumped 35 percent at stores near the Oregon-Washington border, right after Washington handed the keys over for liquor sales to private owners and operators. According to the AP, one store in Rainier, Ore.—right across the Columbia River from Longview, Wash.—saw a 60 percent sales increase in June over the same month a year ago. Other stores in Umatilla and Milton-Freewater, Ore., reported sales increases above 50 percent.

Statewide, Oregon liquor sales grew by 12 percent in the first month since Washington's change.

According to the AP, Oregon doesn't track where liquor consumers live, "so there is no definitive proof that the Washington law is driving the influx, but owners of several border stores said their new customers are after lower prices in Oregon."

In November 2011, Washington voters passed an initiative to take the state out of the liquor business for the first time since Prohibition.

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