Oct 29, 2021 - Food and Drink
Minnesota municipal liquor stores see profit hike during pandemic
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

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:

  1. Lakeville: $18.3 million
  2. Richfield: $13.3 million
  3. Edina: $12.1 million
  4. Eden Prairie: $11.7 million
  5. Apple Valley: $10.9 million
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