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Small liquor stores closing at fast rate

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Small liquor stores closing at fast rate

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SEATTLE, Wash. – Privatization of liquor sales in Washington appears not to be working out well for some owners of small liquor outlets.

A survey conducted by the Washington Liquor Store Association shows 60 percent of small liquor stores in the state are either closed or will shut down by the end of this year.

Owners of the stores say that high tax rates and unfair business practices by distributors make it difficult to compete with warehouse stores, supermarkets, and chain liquor stores.

Liquor store owners are teaming up to request a tax break from state lawmakers.

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