In order to meet rising demand, Ohio is planning to increase the number of liquor stores statewide. Ohio is a control state, meaning the government operators retail sales of liquor (albeit through independent contractors), and the state has realized consumers want more outlet locations. Unfortunately, there's no indication that Ohio will consider privatization options that would allow the market to determine the number of retail outlets needed across the state.
Columbus Business First has the full story:
"It isn’t just consumers thirsty for spirits, beer and wine.
The state of Ohio is seeing rising sales of alcohol and plans to meet the demand with the largest expansion of state liquor agencies in years with upwards of 20 potential openings in the next 18 months...
Under Ohio law, the state manages the wholesale and retail sales of spirits, although the licensed liquor agencies are operated by independent contractors that are paid by commission. Revenue goes to JobsOhio, the state’s private economic development corporation. Liquor sales generated $1.07 billion in 2016, up 5.6 percent from 2015, according to the nonprofit's annual report.
The division is looking for new operators in the designated areas. Exact addresses are to be determined, but the division does put a stake down at a set point creating a two mile radius in which to look for space...."
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