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By Jamie Serra
Wednesday July 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

One of Governor Corbett's top priorities that was tied into budget negotiations was liquor privatization.

On June 30th, 2013 it became apparent that legislative action on HB790 had stalled as the Senate refused to send the bill back to the House until the House could provide enough votes to pass Senator Rafferty's transportation funding proposal.

With approximately 5,000 jobs hanging in the balance, union leaders were outraged and party leaders were at odds over the provisions contained in HB790.

Among the numerous provisions in HB790, the bill created a series of expanded permits that would allow beer distributors and importing distributors to sell wine and liquor. It would also allow restaurants, clubs and hotel liquor licensees to sell varying quantities of wine, liquor and beer depending upon the type of expanded permit they obtained.

The number of expanded permits held by beer distributors and importing distributors within a county would also determine when the state's liquor stores could be closed within the county.

Once the number of expanded permits issued to beer distributors and importing distributors doubled the number of Pennsylvania liquor stores within a county, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board was charged with closing state stores within six months after considering the term of the current lease, the availability of liquor to the public from private sellers, the pricing of liquor in the area, and the profitability of the Pennsylvania liquor store in question.

Last month we compiled data from the state liquor store marketing report which details average transaction amounts and total revenue for each one of Pennsylvania's liquor stores.

The following map displays information for each liquor licensee throughout the Commonwealth. Select a license category and county to view specific licenses by classification. Otherwise you can view all license categories by selecting a county.

Restaurant licenses will be displayed in Red, Wine licenses are Purple, Beer Distributors are Green, and Special Occasion permits are Yellow. Remaining license types will be displayed in White.

Of the 26,000 plus licenses, some addresses could not be resolved to valid coordinates in order to be displayed on our map. If you have any questions or would like further clarification, please contact us at

Photo by Natalie Cake.

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