Proposal to Privatize VA Liquor Stores Developing Consensus

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

Consensus appears to be developing around a proposal to privatize Virginia's liquor retailing and more than double the number of stores.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's policy chief, Eric Finkbeiner, explained four options for selling the state-owned Alcoholic Beverage Control outlets.

Finkbeiner said the proposal would increase the number of stores from the current 332 for a state populace of about eight million to roughly 800 stores.

Licenses would be tiered in three groups. The largest would be for large food outlets such as supermarkets.

A second level would be for traditional package stores. And a third would apply to small liquor displays in convenience stores or drug stores.

The state plans to adopt a final recommendation August 26.

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