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Buying a liquor store involves running retail businesses that sell prepackaged liquors (in bottles) intended to be consumed off the store's premises in the U.S. Alcohol beverage control (ABC) states exist in the country. Unlike the other regions, these states usually have an alcohol monopoly. However, these are limited to only a few jurisdictions. The Twenty-first Amendment of the U.S. allows all states to regulate the consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages.

Note: Learn more about buying a liquor store in the United States here.

Benefits of Buying a Liquor Store

Despite the strict regulations implemented in the United States, businesses and individuals choose to buy liquor stores. This is because such stores are considered profitable because of the following reasons:

  • Being Recession-Proof: Alcohol is one of those products that is often considered inelastic in the United States. This means that liquor demand will always remain stable no matter how the U.S. economy is doing. Demand for these beverages increases during economic downturns as individuals usually try to find ways to relax and then reduce stress. Liquor store ownership will provide a stable bottom line even when times are tough in the country.
  • Having a Year-Round Demand: Nearly every special event and holiday in the U.S. is celebrated with food and drinks. There will always be a demand for alcohol, whether it is the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve. The popularity of some products will change with the seasons, yet their respective prices will be stable for the entire year.
  • Getting a Stable Inventory for Storage: Grocery stores and restaurants always have to use or sell their respective inventory before it spoils. Liquor, on the other hand, can be stored for an extended period safely. There may be instances where individuals also need to make sure certain products are stored in the right climate-controlled conditions. Yet, their inventory, i.e., liquor, can sit on the shelf without having to worry about waste. Shelf stability also allows liquor retailers to keep products in larger quantities and plan their business.
  • Enjoying Free Advertising: Liquor producers are already spending millions on advertising campaigns. This helps bring attention to their respective products and generate sales. Meanwhile, liquor store owners can take advantage of some of the pre-existing ad campaigns without spending too much money. If a customer enters the liquor store as the result of a broadcasted ad but decides they prefer one specific vodka brand over another, the liquor owners still have the opportunity to sell them any product of their choice.
  • Having Low Competition: As mentioned earlier, the 21st Amendment of the United States gives each state the power to regulate the importation, distribution, and sale of alcohol in their jurisdiction. It is common for states to limit the total number of liquor stores per region while every state handles this differently. This limits access to alcohol for customers, but for store owners, it means less competition in a particular area. Applying for and acquiring a particular liquor license is difficult in the U.S. Yet, individuals won’t have to worry about a lot of competition moving into their territory once they have a green light to sell alcohol.
  • Owning a Replicable Business Model: A liquor business can expand quite quickly once the store is up and running in the United States. Unlike restaurants that often need to ensure their food quality remains consistent, liquor stores have to stock their shelves and then promote their products. The store owner can build an identical floor plan and hire the right staff members to hit the ground running. They can do this once the business has enough capital to open a second store.
  • Getting a Long Shelf Life: Overstock inventory is a major concern for many businesses. This is because perishable items like food often go bad quickly. The same applies to the clothing line, where styles change quickly. This causes the owners to liquidate their respective stocks to purchase the latest stocks. However, worrying about shelf life is rarely a concern for liquor stores.

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Tips to Successfully Run a Liquor Store

Once an individual buys and opens a liquor store, it is time to think about ways to maximize sales and profits. This means the owner can get into a bit of a groove with regular operations. Here are a few tips to consider when trying to make the liquor store a success.

  • Staying on Top of Trends: This means listening to the customers of the particular liquor shop and maintaining good relationships with all suppliers. It also involves anticipating what products will be in demand.
  • Hosting Informative Events and Tastings: People love to learn about fun concepts. Another tip is to introduce creative flavor combinations or show how spirits are produced. Hosting a liquor sampling event helps attract customers and market the respective business. The owners can also run different promotions in conjunction with such interesting events to increase sales.
  • Providing Impulse Buy Products: These products can include store non-alcoholic beverages, merchandise, party supplies, and even mixers. Placing these interesting items near the respective registers is an easy way to move different products with a high profit margin. It also helps improve the bottom line of the liquor business.
  • Creating Loyalty Clubs: Liquor enthusiasts will always want to sign up for several customer loyalty clubs. However, they must make sure to remove any barriers to joining. This will also make it easy for different customers to sign up for both in-store and online clubs.
  • Including Unique Items in Your Inventory: Liquor store owners can set themselves apart from the competition by offering unique products for new brands and flavors as customers request. The owners can ask their respective suppliers about some of their lesser-known items and even order a small batch.
  • Leveraging Proven Pricing Strategies: People often want to analyze the supply and demand of the market for that category when adding a new product to their shelves. It also involves adding the perceived value of that product. They must also learn more about liquor prices and their markup in liquor stores that are usually privately owned.
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Key Terms for Buying a Liquor Store

  • Hand Sells: Demo professionals who stand in the aisles and hand-sell different brands to consumers.
  • Wet Demos: Sampling consumers on respective brands in any retail store or restaurant in the United States.
  • DTC: Different direct to consumer-websites in the U.S. that sell direct, another option for all kinds of brands
  • Post Offs: Refers to an immediate discount given to a particular distributor on a shipment of goods
  • Special Purchase Allowances: Payments given to a particular distributor to purchase more quantities of goods.

Final Thoughts on Buying a Liquor Store

Buying a liquor store in the United States can be rewarding. However, interested individuals or entities must comply with the country's rules and regulations before proceeding with the process. This may involve possessing proper documents and having all valid licenses to run the stores across countries. Moreover, entities must also be careful when buying a liquor store from another owner. They can even seek help from professional lawyers for the process.

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