OLCC: Liquor stores in path of totality recorded mega sales leading up to eclipse

Liquor stores saw a 43 percent increase in distilled spirits year over year from August 16 through August 20. Image courtesy OLCC 

PORTLAND, Ore. – It looks like Oregon liquor stores along the path of totality got lucky leading up to the total solar eclipse, according to recent data from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Year over year data shows sales for distilled spirits were up 43 percent from Wednesday, August 16 through Sunday, August 21. That’s a $737,000 increase in sales.

Across the state, OLCC recorded more than $10 million in spirit sales during those dates. That’s $1.8 million dollars more than the same time frame in 2016.

"With the increased tourism traffic, we expected more customers at liquor stores, especially along the path of totality," says Will Higlin, OLCC Deputy Director. “Our staff did a great job working with retail liquor store owners to plan ahead for the increased traffic to make sure we could accommodate the high number of visitors and get shipments out the door in plenty of time.”

OLCC’s worked with private carriers to make orders efficient and to relieve road congestion during the busy travel days.

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