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Oregon Program Expands Spirits Sales To Walmart, Others In Portland Area

April 25, 2016

As grocery stores push a ballot initiative to privatize spirits sales statewide, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has announced it will allow 14 new retail venues in the Portland area to sell liquor under its “open recruitment” program, unveiled last year. Among the approved venues are four Walmart locations, as well as World Foods, Tobacco Outlet and Troutdale Mixer Shop.

The OLCC said that the selected venues “offer various business models including adding a spirits section inside existing retail stores as well as stand-alone full-service liquor stores.” Prior to the open recruitment program Portland had one liquor store for every 25,000 customers, the OLCC said. With the addition of the 14 new venues, the ratio will be one store for every 21,000 customers.

The new locations were selected from a total of 32 applicants, each of which presented proposals to the commission. “We anticipate using this entrepreneurial method of adding stores throughout Oregon,” said OLCC executive director Steve Marks. Oregon will now have a total of 262 liquor stores statewide.

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