Updated:OLYMPIA, Wash. —
The Washington State Liquor Control Board announced the closure schedule for most remaining state liquor stores before the first day of private liquor sales on June 1.
The board will use a phased closure method, spreading out store shutdowns over four days to ensure that there are available, but limited, locations to purchase liquor across the state.
"There is a lot of work involved in transferring these stores to private ownership," said Director of Retail Services Chris Liu. "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. View closure schedule
The board said the most limited service will be on May 31 as all contract and the majority of state stores will be closed.