State Liquor Store Auction Totals $30.75 Million

The WSLCB ran two simultaneous auctions to achieve “maximum reasonable value,” as stated in the initiative. The first was for each individual store. The second was for all store locations available for a single bid, with the state taking the higher of the two. The sum of individual bids exceeded the $4.6 million all-store high bid by a nearly 7:1 ratio.

By the Numbers

· Total sum of individual bids $30.75 million

· High all-store bid $4.6 million (will not count)

· Registered bidders 551

· Total number of bids 14,627

· Single stores to individuals 93

· Multiple stores to individuals 28

· Lowest winning bid $49,600 for Store 186 in Spokane (Division street)

· Highest winning bid $750,100 for Store 122 in Tacoma (72nd and Pacific)

· Increase in bids on final day $23.7 million

Like many online auctions, if a bid was placed during the final five minutes of the auction, the end time would automatically extend for an additional five minutes. The official planned end of the auction was 4:00 p.m. PDT. However, heavy bidding activity extended the auction until 6:25 p.m. Friday evening.

The online auction was hosted by the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services. The agency has used the online auction site Public Service since 2009 to manage the sale of state goods.

“Thank you to Joyce Turner and her team at the Department of Enterprise Services,” said WSLCB Administrative Director Pat Kohler, “They partnered with us from the beginning to ensure the auction was successful.”