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State College Liquor Stores Log Overall Sales Declines for State Patty's; Retail Numbers Climb

on March 01, 2012 5:10 PM

All but one of the Centre Region state stores saw declines in State Patty's Day weekend sales from 2011 to 2012, data from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board show.

Taken together, the four wine-and-liquor stores recorded $279,407 in total sales on Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- down from $288,783 in sales during the State Patty's period last year, according to PLCB figures.

The stores' weekend sales to licensees -- namely bars and restaurants -- dipped about $10,000 from year to year. They sold $41,663 in wine and liquor to licensees this year, down from $51,804 in 2011.

But retail sales -- to individuals visiting the stores' showrooms -- increased slightly, from $236,979 in 2011 to $237,744 this year, the PLCB data show.

The three-day totals represent combined business for stores at 2051 S. Atherton St., 230 W. Hamilton Ave., 1682 N. Atherton St. and 323 Benner Pike. In raw numbers, the South Atherton store logged the most steep sales decline -- from $40,650 in 2011 to $33,479 in 2012.

The West Hamilton store saw the only State Patty's increase, with overall weekend-period sales climbing from $94,213 in 2011 to $94,573 in 2012. A roughly $7,000 slide in licensee sales there was offset by a nearly $8,000 increase in retail sales.

For State Patty's Day 2012, a record-high number of downtown-State College bars and restaurants chose to limit or cut off liquor sales entirely. State College police Chief Tom King had requested -- and applauded -- that move, along with shortened hours at the four state liquor stores.

They closed three hours early on State Patty's Day -- Saturday -- just as they did for the holiday in 2011.

State College and Penn State police have reported a decline in their total call volume for State Patty's weekend 2012, though Centre LifeLink ambulance service said it handled more alcohol-related cases this year. Mount Nittany Medical Center reported seeing 65 patients for alcohol-related issues over the weekend, down from 69 in 2011.

Created by some Penn State students in 2007, the State Patty's Day drinking holiday has ballooned into one of the busiest times of year for local emergency responders. A variety of community initiatives have materialized to counteract the phenomenon, which draws visitors from across Pennsylvania and nearby states.

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