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State Liquor Store in Portsmouth Will Double in Size


The state liquor store near the Portsmouth traffic circle is set to receive a major upgrade.

The new building will be double the size of the existing liquor store and will offer some 6,000 different sizes and varieties of wines and spirits.

Joseph Mollica is Chairman of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. He says replacing the old building is expected to generate a 10 percent increase in sales.

“The selection just isn’t there and we’re missing the boat. It’s time to step it up and get that store done.”

The Portsmouth Traffic Circle location is currently has the fifth-highest sales of state's liquor stores. Combined, state liquor stores contribute over $150 million to New Hampshire's coffers each year.

The existing store will remain open during construction, which is expected to take about a year and could begin as early as next February.

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