TACOMA, WA - More than 60 percent of former state liquor stores in Washington that were bought at auction last year are now closed. The Washington Liquor Store Association says the rest are likely headed that direction, as well.
Among those still open, many owe money to both the state and their suppliers. Close to 25 of them are at risk of losing their licenses because they owe fees on liquor already sold.
Voters approved making liquor sales private two years ago and it went into effect last June.