Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores

Overview

The 30,500 beer, wine, and liquor stores in the US sell alcoholic beverages to individuals and businesses. They are the third tier in the three-tier system of manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Eighteen US states operate state-controlled liquor stores, known as Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) stores.

Competition from Big Box Stores

Supermarkets and convenience stores that are permitted to market and sell alcohol have several advantages over liquor stores.

Regulations Affect Operations

Alcohol retailers are one of the most tightly regulated retail industries.