Wash. offers another shot to own a liquor store

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) -- You, too, could own a liquor store in Washington state.

The Washington state Liquor Control Board will host a live auction May 24 for the rights to 18 state stores after the top bidders for those stores failed to pay their posted bids following an online auction.

Washington is in the process of privatizing its liquor sales after voters approved an initiative kicking the state out of the liquor business.

Bidders already have paid out $25.9 million for the rights to 149 state stores. A bid deposit of $10,000 will be required for the remaining 18 stores.

Those stores are located in Seattle, Tacoma, Marysville, Enumclaw, Spokane, Kent, Bellevue, Kenmore, Lakewood, Bellingham, Ocean Shores, Kennewick, Vancouver and North Bend.

More information about the auction can be found at liq.wa.gov.