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

A liquor store in Bellingham, along with one in Ferndale, will close May 28 as the Washington State Liquor Control Board prepares to close down most of its remaining stores prior to June 1, the first day private retailers take over the state’s liquor business.

Store #48 at 3115 Old Fairhaven Parkway in Bellingham, and store #153 at 1730 Labounty Drive in Ferndale will both be shut down.

After the closures, the state-run store on Barkley Boulevard will be the last one left in Bellingham before all state stores close or have their licenses transferred into private ownership.

To maintain coverage as long as possible, the board plans to spread out statewide store shutdowns over four days.

Liquor officials hope the phased closures will ensure there are still available, though limited, locations to purchase liquor across the state.

“There is a lot of work involved in transferring these stores to private ownership,” Chris Liu, the board’s director of retail services, said in a May 22 press release. “This method will ensure that our customers have the ability to buy liquor right up until June 1, when private retailers take over.”

Thirty five state liquor stores will remain open until June 1.

This store closure list is subject to change. For updates, check www.liq.wa.gov.

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