About Contract Stores
Contract Stores (Package Agencies)
Package agencies are liquor outlets operated by private individuals or corporate entities under contract with the state for the purpose of selling packaged liquor, wine and beer to the general public for off-premise consumption. Package Agencies are located in communities too small to warrant the establishment of a state store, and in resorts and hotels where the outlets exist primarily for the benefit of their guests.
Package Agencies are classified into five types:
- Type 1 - A package agency under contract which is operated in conjunction with a resort environment (e.g., hotel, ski lodge, summer recreation area).
- Type 2 - A package agency under contract which is operated in conjunction with another business where the primary source of income to the operator is not from the sale of liquor.
- Type 3 - A package agency under contract which is not in conjunction with another business, but is in existence for the sole purpose of selling liquor.
- Type 4 - A package agency under contract which is located within a facility approved by the commission for the purpose of selling and delivering liquor to tenants or occupants of specific rooms which have been leased, rented, or licensed within the same facility. A type 4 package agency shall not be open to the general public.
- Type 5 - A package agency under contract which is located within a winery, distillery, or brewery that has been granted a manufacturing license by the commission.
The commission may grant type 4 package agency privileges to a type 1 package agency.