New Liquor Store Owner in Tough Spot
An Alaskan businessman is being put in a tough spot after he purchased the liquor license to the former state run liquor store on Columbia Center Boulevard in Kennewick.
George Nyffler purchased the liquor license in June for $70,000 but a new liquor store going in two doors down is preventing him from selling liquor out of the store.
A new Mid-Columbia Wine and Spirits store is opening on Friday in the same strip mall, and it states in the lease that no other liquor store can be opened in close proximity.
That leaves Nyffler with a liquor license for store space he cannot sell out of, and now has to find a store within a mile radius in order to take advantage of the license.
Nyffler is still debating whether or not he will use the liquor license, sell it outright to somebody else or just not pay the state what he owes and lose the original deposit from the auction.
He will be in the Tri-Cities this week to look at other places he can sell liquor out of.