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Liquor Control Board to close 14 state liquor stores, including one in Bothell, on Thursday
The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) will shut-down 14 state liquor stores statewide — including one at 19111 Bothell Way N.E. — 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.
“These stores were strategically chosen to minimize any disruption to our service areas,” said Retail Director Chris Liu. “We knew as we got closer to the transition deadline, we would have to address employee shortages.”
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. The stores affected are not among the highest or lowest volume locations. Their sales fall in the middle.
“The decision came down to how best to re-appropriate staff while at the same time maintaining uninterrupted service to all areas,” said Liu. “We we feel this action best meets that goal.”
Closing the 14 locations will free up approximately 60 experienced employees to fill-in the gaps at other stores.
Licensees serviced by the closing locations have been notified and will have their orders filled by nearby locations.