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Liquor Control Board To Close 11 Additional State Liquor Stores On Tuesday

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OLYMPIA, WASH. – The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) will shut-down 11 additional state liquor stores statewide, and reduce hours at one location, on May 22, 2012 to compensate for store employees leaving for new jobs. The WSLCB analyzed market-areas where closings would occur.

 "We needed to make this move to mitigate the effects of employee attrition. By closing these stores we can continue to minimize disruptions in our service areas," said Retail Director Chris Liu. "Staffing levels were always going to be an issue as we drew nearer to June 1, it's not unexpected."

In making the decision to close these specific locations, staff considered the proximity of other stores, as well as those other store's capability to meet the increased customer base.

"Again the issue is how to best re-appropriate staff while at the same time maintaining service to our valued customers, it's a delicate balancing act," said Liu. "In the end we feel this action is the best way to achieve that balance."

Closing the additional 11 locations will free up approximately 55-60 experienced employees to fill-in the gaps at other stores. 

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