With bars and restaurants closed or restricted at times in 2020, liquor stores reaped the rewards.
Details: Municipal off-sale liquor stores posted a combined $32.9 million profit on $410 million in sales in 2020, which is a 35% bump in profit over 2019, according to an annual municipal liquor operations report by the Office of the State Auditor.
- 179 Minnesota cities have some kind of liquor operation, be it a retail store or a bar.
By the numbers: Here are the top five grossing cities that have municipal liquor:
- Lakeville: $18.3 million
- Richfield: $13.3 million
- Edina: $12.1 million
- Eden Prairie: $11.7 million
- Apple Valley: $10.9 million
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