KEENE, New Hampshire (WWLP) - New Hampshire is having a record-breaking year for liquor sales, and a significant amount of that money is coming in from out of state.
The state of New Hampshire owns and operates 77 Liquor and Wine Outlets. This year they had their best sales ever, generating $603.5 million dollars in total sales. That's $38.9 million dollars more than last year. One of the states top ten outlet stores is about 20 miles from Northfield, Massachusetts in Keene, New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission attributes the record breaking sales to the relocation and renovation of 13 of their outlets, promotional campaigns, and aggressive sales tactics. They also say a significant portion of the sales were from out of state consumers.
Erika Olson says her family comes across state lines at least once a month to make large quantity purchases. And says it's worth the commute.
"Between the alcohol and beer prices and the lack of sales tax on other products that we come to buy. It ends up outweighing the minimal gas price. Of course I live right over the line in Massachusetts so that makes a difference."
Liquor store owners in Massachusetts say it may not make an enormous impact on their sales, but it makes a difference.
"With a significant amount of sales going over the border it's too bad all those tax dollars couldn't stay in Massachusetts, and it would increase everybody's businesses around here, said Kristie Faufaw, owner of Ryan & Casey Liquors in Greenfield.
New Hampshire's liquor revenues are used to fund education, health, social services, transportation, and natural resource protection programs. This year total liquor revenues reached $145.6 million, according to the New Hampshire Liquor Commission.