Oregon Liquor Control Commission liquor stores sold close to $66 million in distilled spirits last month, nearly a 20% increase setting a new March sales record. The OLCC says with the stay at home order, customers have shifted from bars and restaurants to bringing a bottle home.
“Liquor stores also experienced a surge of consumer activity, consumer purchases. That’s in part because I think people thought liquor stores were going to close down,” Mark Pettinger, OLCC, said.
Bar and restaurant sales dropped over 50% from March 2019 to March 2020.
OLCC liquor stores have issued more than $500,000 in refunds to bars and restaurants in returned liquor.
Anna Weeks is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
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