Bellingham liquor store put up for second statewide auction after first winning bidder fails to pay up

A state-run liquor store on Barkley Boulevard in Bellingham is one of 18 stores statewide whose licensing rights that will be put up for auction a second time by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

After the initial online auction for liquor store rights ended April 20, winning bidders for the 18 stores failed to pay their bids.

Ronnie Biral of SeaTac, Wash., was the top bidder in April for the store at 1255 Barkley Blvd., Suite 107 in Bellingham. Biral’s bid was $305,100.

The liquor board was directed by Initiative 1183, the measure to privatize Washington liquor sales which goes into effect in June, to auction store properties. However, since the state leases the properties rather than owning them, officials auctioned off exclusive rights to apply for a liquor license within a store’s footprint.

The state has already earned $25.9 million in bid fees from successful bidders representing 149 stores.

“This has been a highly successful auction process,” Pat McLaughlin, the liquor board’s business enterprise director, said in a May 16 press release. “We have already collected nearly $26 million in bids plus about one million more in fees.”

The May 24 auction will begin at 10 a.m., with registration opening at 9 a.m.

It will be held at the liquor board’s distribution center, 4401 East Marginal Way in Seattle.

Additional details on the live public auction and comprehensive data on each of the18 stores  available is on the liquor board’s website at

State stores to be auctioned May 24

Store # City Street Address
002 Seattle 1201 2nd Ave.
003 Tacoma 3208 South 23rd St., Suite 1
006 Marysville 6608 64th St. NE, Suite C
032 Enumclaw 1040 Stevenson Ave. #B
042 Seattle 400 Broadway E
044 Spokane 5004 E Sprague Ave. #101
066 Kent 20514 108th Ave. SE
082 Kent 23219 Pacific Hwy S
085 Bellevue 15600 NE 8th St. #K-07
093 Kenmore 6820 NE Bothell Way
113 Seattle 118 NE 45th St.
122 Tacoma 7048 Pacific Ave.
132 Lakewood 8217 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
140 Bellingham 1255 Barkley Blvd. #107
151 Ocean Shores 171E Chance Alamer NE #C
159 Kennewick 731 N Columbia Center Blvd.
168 Vancouver 3425 SE 192nd Ave. #114
179 North Bend 320 SW Mt. Si Blvd. 109


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