Senator Says Liquor Store Closing Leading to Significant Revenue Loss

(KCPW News) Utah is losing money from closing Salt Lake City’s Main Street liquor store in April, according to information presented to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Senator Ben McAdams is working to re-open the store, and says he ran the numbers to prove that nearby stores are not picking up all the business, like some of his colleagues said would happen.

“Approximately 75 percent of the revenue from the Main Street store looks like it did shift to stores in the surrounding area, but 25 percent of the revenue from the Main Street store was just lost,” he told KCPW. “When you compare the amount that’s lost because of the closure of the Main Street store with the cost of running the store, the state is losing money.”

McAdams says re-opening the store not only makes good business sense, it also provides good customer service.

“When you factor in to that also the convenience of the customer and the inconvenience to the customer who is now having to driver further, wait in longer lines, go to stores where there is not adequate parking, that’s another reason why I believe the Main Street store should be re-opened,” said McAdams.

McAdams says he’s discussing his findings with his colleagues. If he has enough support, he says he can go back to the DABC and ask them to re-open the store.