Sales at OLCC stores along the Washington border have jumped 33% from June through October compared to last year.
Sales in Jantzen Beach are up 43 percent. Warrenton reports a sales spike of 30 percent. And the increases are even bigger in smaller towns: 51 percent in Milton-Freewater, just across the border from Walla Walla, and up 63 percent in Rainier, just over the Lewis and Clark Bridge from Longview.
The fight over Oregon liquor sales has been a bitter, years-long battle between two monied interests: grocery chains, who want the current liquor sales system abolished, and beer and wine distributors, who fear their business will be disrupted by a change in the way alcohol is handled.
Read more at Willamette Week.