Burien Liquor Store Rights Sold to Canadian Businessman for $340,100

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The Washington State Liquor Control Board has auctioned the rights to apply for a spirits retail liquor license at 167 state-run liquor stores statewide, including five in South King County, with the Burien store selling for $340,100 to a Canadian businessman named Gurvinder Singh.

The state total of individual bids was $30.75 million, with rights awarded to 121 individual successful bidders. The online auction ended in a flurry of bidding on its final day, April 20.

The Burien store generated gross sales of $8,087,238 during fiscal year 2011.

“Business Enterprise Director Pat McLaughlin and his team executed this highly successful and historic feat in the midst of so many other pressing activities related to the transition to private liquor sales,” said Liquor Board Chair Sharon Foster. “I am proud to be part of such a capable and professional organization.”

Initiative 1183, approved by 60 percent of voters ordered the board to auction the state store properties at their current location. However, the state leases the properties, not owns, so winning bidders will have to negotiate with property owners for store leases.

“Successful bidders earned the exclusive right to apply for a liquor license at the current location within its current footprint,” the board said. “All state store properties are below the 10,000 square foot threshold established by the initiative.”

Local area stores and the winning bids:

  • Burien store No. 157, 15858 First Avenue South, sold for $340,100 to Gurvinder Singh, Surrey, B.C. Fiscal Year 2011 gross sales $8,087,238.
  • Des Moines store No. 170, 27067 Pacific Highway South, sold for $120,100 to Payara Singh. Fiscal Year 2011 gross sales $2,988,051.
  • SeaTac store No. 109, 18613 International Blvd., sold for $340,100 to Sunny Raj. Fiscal Year 2011 gross sales unreported by Liquor Control Board.
  • White Center store No. 53, 9822 15th Ave. SW, sold for $130,100 to Kulwinder S. Pabla. Fiscal Year 2011 gross sales $3,528,142.
  • Tukwila store No. 86, 14227 International Blvd., sold for $110,100 to Hailom Ghebreab. Fiscal Year 2011 gross sales $4,402,131.

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17 Responses to “Burien Liquor Store Rights Sold to Canadian Businessman for $340,100”
  1. Burienite says:

    Did anyone consider making US citizenship a requirement for owning these?

    • Moiraz says:

      I was wondering about the number of Indian – or Pakistani – names involved here. Coincidence. A lot of Indians and Pakistanis go to Canada because it is easier for them to get into the States from there. Will these purchasers be able to get into the states easily if they own businesses here?

    • Big Nate says:

      The number of Indian or Pakistani names involved in the winning bids in the liquor store auction is not coincidence. The Pakistani and Indian business men are have been in engaged in small retail sales as long as they have been in this country. You will find these names in many small business enterprises, convienience stores, motel and franchise stores. It’s just businessmen recognizing a opportunity and capitalizing on it. Is that O.K.!

    • PJ says:

      I’m not sure about the Canadian Business Man, however there is such a thing as dual citizenship… A couple of the others I do know and they are US Citizens and have been for over 25 years!!! They have worked very hard since they have moved here from India and earned every penny legally, unlike some others that collect welfare, where myself and many others pay for these US Citizens to sit on there A*** and do nothing!!!

      • Big Nate says:

        PJ, you just couldn’t resist playing the hate card, while on one hand, defending a group of people, who you claim to have knowledge of their business practices. But on the other hand you demonize another group simply because you don’t know them and they collect welfare. I don’t think you would be so quick to condemn, if you knew their stories. I could site you some self-supporting and even successful people who have received assistance at one time or another. The opperative word here is REASONABLE.

        • PJ says:

          I don’t claim to know there business stories, I know them personally.
          I’m also not playing the hate card, it is a fact that there are generations of Americans or otherwise that have abused the welfare system in this great country of ours.Those of us who pay taxes including the Pakistanis and Indian citizen’s that now own businesses (AND EMPLOY PEOPLE I MIGHT ADD) are tired of subsidizing that lazy behavior. Why do you think so many states have deficits. WAKE UP!!!

          • raquel davis says:

            I agree with you PJ. I didn’t see any hate in your statement. For every success story that has come from the welfare system, there are thousands of others who only perpetuate the cycle. That’s simply the truth.

  2. raquel davis says:

    One would guess yes. I thought the same thing.

  3. Devilsadvocate says:

    I just hope everyone who voted yes to have the liquor stores taken out of the hands of the state end up kicking themselves.

  4. william forest says:

    I think this guy is a smart businessman .. with gross sales of over 8 million with an auction cost of $340,000. … sounds like a real bargain to me.. if managed well this guy is going to make some real hay… you have to respect the business acumen and ask yourself why more folks weren’t in there bidding for it.. I hope he succeeds beyond expectations because Burien is going to need as much sales tax revenue as possible to cover all the expenses that annexation will incur.

    • Big Nate says:

      Ditto !, That’s what is called commenting to the subject. Did you overlook the White Center store that will bring some sales tax, as well? The annexation is not a done deal, is it?

  5. Hotrodgal says:

    BIGOTS…jeeze 🙁

  6. TcB says:

    Interesting thing happened in the liquor store. New owner walked in and asked to speak to the manager. Was told that the manager was at the register by a female employee (manager was also Female). Asked female manager if there was a “Man he could talk to”. Was told that there was not. New owner left building without comment. Are you going to shop here?
    Also, this place is going to have a huge amount of competition so I don’t think that the fact that the sales were 8 million last year has any bearing on future sales.

  7. AC says:

    Unfortunately, many of the previous employees might have to use the assistance of this welfare system due to the lack of employment by said business owners and difficulty finding new employment.

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