‘The largest liquor expansion since Prohibition


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has approved 17 new liquor stores in the Portland area.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has approved 17 new liquor stores in the Portland area.

The new provisions allow more kinds of stores — like convenience and grocery — to sell liquor.

“What we’re doing is allowing the market to come to us with innovation,” [OLCC director Rob] Patridge said. “It’s an opportunity for people to come to us with creative ideas for liquor stores.”

The agency said the change will give customers more access and raise more tax revenue for the state. Oregon has 248 approved liquor stores, or one for every 16,000 residents, according to the commission. That compares with one for every 12,000 residents 30 years ago.

The ratio is even more skewed in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties, which together have 68 stores — one for every 25,000 residents.

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

Patridge called the move the “largest liquor expansion since Prohibition,” according to the Oregonian.

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