The Washington State Liquor Control Board announced today that it plans to shutter 14 stores statewide---four of them in Seattle---early to make up for the fact that employees are leaving for new jobs before the June 1 deadline, when all state liquor stores will close and be transferred to private hands. Earlier this week, the liquor board announced the winners of an online auction to buy the state's 167 government-operated liquor stores, netting the state nearly $31 million.

The four stores that will be closing in Seattle are downtown (at 2nd and Seneca), Magnolia (3310 W. McGraw), Boulevard Park (1847 S. 120th St.) and far North Seattle (14343 15th Ave. NE).

The stores will close tomorrow; three more will operate on reduced hours. The 60 or so employees still working at the 14 stores that are closing will be transferred to fill in gaps at other stores, which have been hiring temporary workers as employees leave for other jobs. A complete list of stores that are closing is available on the WSLCB's web site.
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