Enumclaw liquor store back on the on the auction block

The state liquor store in Enumclaw will be back on the auction block Thursday.

The store was previously purchased in a public auction, but the payment was not received and the store was returned to auction, according to Pat McLaughlin from the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

“The promise arrived without the payment,” McLaughlin said.

He stated following the April 20 auction of state liquor stores, 18 bidders were unable to come up with the cash.

McLaughlin said there is a $10,000 deposit for those interested in bidding on the rights to the stores.

He stated the Enumclaw store is “a great store and will sell quickly in the new auction.”

The store sold for $259,100 in the first auction.

Other stores in the auction include two in Kent, three in Seattle, one in North Bend and one in Tacoma.

The state liquor stores are being sold following Initiative 1183 passing during the November 2011 general election.

The initiative called for the state to stop operating liquor stores by June 1. Contract liquor stores will continue to operate. The Seattle Distribution Center that supplied state and contract stores will be closed and its assets sold.

Private businesses with licenses will be allowed to sell liquor beginning June 1.

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