Bellingham liquor store up for auction again after top bidder fails to pay up

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will host a live auction on June 28 for the rights associated with the state liquor store at 1255 Barkley Blvd., Suite 107 in Bellingham.

This is the third time the licensing rights for the Barkley store will be auctioned off. Both previous winning bidders failed to pay their bids, including the winner of a May 24 auction.

The board is also auctioning off five other former state-run liquor stores across Washington after top bidders did not pay up.

Bidders representing 161 state liquor stores have already paid a total of $29.8 million in bid fees to the state.

“This has been a highly successful auction process,” said the liquor board’s business enterprise director Pat McLaughlin, in a press release. “We have already collected nearly $29.8 million in bids plus about one million more in fees.”

Additional details on the live public auction and comprehensive data on each of the six stores being auctioned is available on the liquor board’s website.

Auction details

-Registration at 9 a.m.; live bids at 10 a.m.

-Location: WSLCB Distribution Center, 4401 East Marginal Way in Seattle

-Format: Live public auction led by local auction lef by a local auction company

-Bid deposit: $25,000

-Successful bidders will win the exclusive right to apply for a liquor license at the current location within its current footprint. All state liquor stores are below the 10,000-square-foot threshold for liquor sales established by Initiative 1183.

State stores to be auctioned June 28

Store # 042, 400 Broadway E, Seattle
Store # 082, 23129 Pacific Highway S, Kent
Store # 085, 15600 NE 8th St. #K-07, Bellevue
Store # 140, 1255 Barkley Blvd. #107, Bellingham
Store # 151, 171E Chance Alamer NE #C, Ocean Shores
Store # 159, 731 N Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick

Related coverage of state liquor store auctions and closures

Liquor officials announce closing dates of remaining state-run stores, including two Whatcom locations

Liquor stores on Stuart Road and Lakeway Drive in Bellingham to close May 22

State liquor store auction earns millions: Five Whatcom County stores find winning bidders




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