Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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Winona Daily News - News: "Houston to sell municipal liquor store
By Gayda Hollnagel | Lee Newspapers
HOUSTON, Minn. � This southeastern Minnesota city is putting its municipal liquor store up for sale. Advertisement

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'It seems like the timing is right to get out of the business,' said Larry Jerviss, Houston city administrator.

Houston City Council members voted May 9 to put the store up for sale and are seeking bids from prospective buyers, he said.

The sale would include the building, land, inventory and bar fixtures.

Although the advertisement for bids said the purchaser must agree to operate the business as an on-sale/off-sale liquor establishment for at least 24 months and agree to contract with the Houston Chamber of Commerce to continue selling charitable gambling pull-tabs for at least 24 months, both requirements would be negotiable, Jerviss said.

'If they can't make a go of it, we're not going to force them to lose money for two years,' he said.

The deadline for submitting bids is June 13. Bids will be opened at 8 p.m. that day in the Nature Center Meeting Room. The city reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Bidders may examine the building and inventory by appointment with manager Deb Thompson during business hours by calling (507) 896-3232"
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