Liquor store sales in York County up 7.6 percent

Written by Dylan Segelbaum/York Daily Record-Sunday News | Dec 11, 2015 10:05 AM

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A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board attributed the uptick to improvements at two stores, and the opening of a new location in Carroll Township.

(Undated) -- Sales at liquor stores in York County went up by more than 7.6 percent from the previous year, in one of the largest proportional increases seen across Pennsylvania.

Total sales here grew by about $4 million to approximately $56.3 million, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's annual retail report for 2014-15, which looks at the fiscal year that ended on June 28. In all, the board reported sales of more than $2.2 billion -- about 4.5 percent greater than the prior year.

During that time, the state expanded two stores locally, and opened an additional location in Carroll Township, said Elizabeth Brassell, a spokeswoman for the Liquor Control Board. Going forward, she said, the board will continue to look at relocating and rebranding stores -- though it does not appear there's anything else immediately in the works here.

"Those three improvements in the last year absolutely contributed," Brassell said of the growth in York County.

At the Fine Wine and Good Spirits Premium Collection store in Springettsbury Township, a constant stream of people came in on Thursday afternoon. To some customers, though, the fact that the store moved and increased its selection has not affected how much they buy.

"It's a nicer store. It's bigger, it's laid out really nice," said Ami Curley, 49, an office manager from Springettsbury Township. "But it didn't make a difference."

Jaime Desenberg, 39, of Windsor Township, said it was only the second time she's been to the store.

Desenberg, who does the bookkeeping and payroll for an accounting firm, said she actually tries to avoid the location, because of the set-up of the parking lot. On Thursday, Desenberg stopped by because she was having a party -- and the store happened to be on the way home.

Said Jeff Kuhn, 57, a musician from Windsor, of the change: "It's just location."

In Pennsylvania, York County came in at No. 9 for wine and spirit sales. Those accounted for about 2.7 percent of the statewide total.

Here's a look at how sales broke down at each store in York County, and where they rank statewide: (The numbers total less than $56.3 million. The state was not immediately available to explain the discrepancy.)

  • Hanover Crossing Shopping Center: (No. 64): $7.1 million
  • York Commerce Center: (No. 70): $6.8 million
  • Shrewsbury CommonsShopping Center (No. 85): $6.3 million
  • Eastern Boulevard Shopping Center (No. 98): $5.9 million
  • Queensgate Towne Center (No. 113): $5.6 million
  • Windsor Commons Shopping Center (No. 213): $3.5 million
  • York Marketplace (No. 218): $3.5 million
  • Fairview Center (No. 327): $2.5 million
  • Grandview Plaza Complex (No. 334): $2.5 million
  • East Manchester Village Center (No. 423): $1.9 million
  • Newberry Point Shopping Center (No. 438): $1.8 million
  • Yorktowne Mall (No. 439): $1.8 million
  • Dillsburg (No. 447): $1.8 million
  • Green Garden Shopping Center (No. 489): $1.5 million
  • Newberry Commons (No. 567): about $905,100

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