Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores


The 30,300 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. Eleven US states operate state-controlled liquor stores, known as Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) stores. Distilled spirits account for the highest sales at 44% of total revenue, with wine at 31% and beer at 25%.

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.