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More Oregon Liquor Stores May See Beer, Wine Too

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon's liquor board has decided to expand the convenience of liquor, beer and wine in one spot and allow any state liquor outlet to sell all three if the agent can get the necessary licenses.
Thursday's action is part of an effort by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to adjust state liquor sales rules in light of changing consumer tastes and a push for privatization.
In a pilot program, four liquor outlets around the state got approval last year to start selling beer and wine. Commission figures released Thursday show revenues at those four stores rose an average of 12 percent, compared with 7.8 percent statewide.
Board member Bob Rice says there are "no known negatives." He thinks the option should be available to any agent who wishes to apply.
Oregon liquor stores are privately owned, but are licensed and controlled by the state liquor control commission.