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Closing Utah liquor stores will cost millions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Three of Utah's five largest cities may be without a liquor store if planned closures of nearly a dozen outlets statewide happen this summer.
By JOSH LOFTIN
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Three of Utah's five largest cities may be without a liquor store if planned closures of nearly a dozen outlets statewide happen this summer.

The move could cost the state millions of dollars.

State liquor commissioner Sam Granato says the closures don't make economic sense since the stores profited $18 million last year, and the move aims to save just about $2 million.

Granato says eleven stores are being considered for closure, although legislative leaders are looking for ways to reduce that number.

Provo Deputy Mayor Corey Norman says the only store in the state's third largest city is targeted just as a new convention center is opening.

Norman says closing the store makes it more difficult to attract out-of-state visitors because it will be tough to find wine and spirits.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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