Area Liquor Licenses Among Those in October Auction

HARRISBURG PA – Expired restaurant liquor licenses at three area establishments, one each in Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties, are among a total of 21 licenses the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board intends to award in early November to the highest bidders, the agency indicated Wednesday (Sept. 7, 2022).

In Montgomery County, one expired license currently is assigned in Lower Providence Township; in Berks County, in the city of Reading; and in Chester County, in Uwchlan Township.

Remaining expired licenses to be sold, also one in each county, are found in Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Clinton, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Lebanon, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Schuylkill, Wayne, and York counties, according to board documents.

The minimum acceptable sealed bid for each license is $25,000, although several are expected to sell for many times higher than that amount. That’s because liquor licenses have been in high demand among a variety of potential retail sellers. Each bid also must be accompanied by a surety bond valued at a minimum of $5,000 or 5 percent of the total bid amount, whichever is higher.

Bids are due by no later than Oct. 31 (2022; Monday) at noon. They’ll be opened Nov. 2 (Wednesday), and “auction winners will be determined soon thereafter,” the board said.

All are part of the board’s 11th such auction; others previously have been held periodically since 2016. Collectively the board has accumulated winning bids on a total of 292 licenses. They attracted $32.9 million in sale proceeds and represented an average bid cost of more than $112,000 per license.

The Lower Pottsgrove Township Board of Commissioners in May approved the transfer of a liquor license to developers of the Royal Farms convenience store proposed to be built on Armand Hammer Boulevard.

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