I spoke today with Bill Watson, store manager and employee for 20 years, about the upcoming closure. Here’s what he had to say:
- A man named Zeleke Kassahun purchased the store’s right to sell liquor during a month-long online auction for $241,300. (The 167 stores in Washington state sold for more than 30 million dollars at auction).
- All state liquor stores will close on May 31st- liquor sales will go private June 1st.
- Although many of their wines are currently on sale, Bill says don’t expect “going out of business sale” prices on the rest of the alcohol- anything left on May 31st will go back to the distribution center.
- Bill is retiring and moving to Palm Springs. He says “Magnolia has been a great place to work, and he’ll miss our neighborhood.”
We will keep you posted!
The management at the Magnolia Liquor store found out Friday that they will close April 26th. Magnolia Voice will follow up asap for more details.