A "Last Call" liquor store will be opened next week in Cincinnati by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.
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CHANGE OF PLAN: Ohio’s 4-day liquor sale is now a 31-day sale instead

Ohio’s ‘last-call’ stores add bigger discounts to its close-out selections through July 31

Ohio Division of Liquor Control officials, who previously announced a four-day sale at its “Last Call” stores ending July 4, have decided to extend the sale through the end of July, according to a division spokeswoman.

More products that will be discounted deeply, depending on their original list price, have been added to the three “Last Call” stores, the spokeswoman said. 

The list of items available at the Last Call stores is available on the OHLQ web site.

***PREVIOUS UPDATE (June 28, 2019)***

For decades, regardless of whether it was frowned-upon by state or local laws, Ohioans have hit the road for real or perceived liquor bargains, stocking up in other states such as Kentucky or Indiana where retailers have more leeway in discounting booze.

Now, just in time for the July 4 holiday, the Ohio Division of Liquor Control wants to make that bargain-hunting drive a little shorter.

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The division has just announced a sale of sorts on spirits selections at its three “Last Call” stores in the state, in Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo, that will include additional discounts of up to 50 percent to already-marked-down merchandise. The four-day sale starts Monday, July 1 and runs through July 4, a spokeswoman for Ohio Liquor said. 

The state’s Last Call stores sell close-out, discontinued and slow-selling bottles of liquor. They started as a pop-up concept, but proved so successful that the three existing close-out stores are open  year-round, and the state is looking to add more.

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Customers can find the available inventory at each store at this www.ohlq.com web link.  The division’s Cincinnati store is at a Kroger at 7578 Beechmont Ave., and the Columbus store is at 777 Neil Ave. To add a bit of extra incentive to visit the last-call stores, the division will release a few rare bourbons during the three-day event as well.

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Here are the price tiers and the additional discount available within each price tier:

  • $150-plus:  50% 
  • $50 to $149.99: 40% 
  •  $25 to $49.99: 30% 
  •  $5.01 to $24.99: 20% 
  •  $5 and below: No additional discount 

Customers can go to OHLQ.com to see inventory at each store. The stores will be receiving more inventory through next week, so a division spokeswoman suggested that customers continue checking the site to see updated inventory.

“Or better yet, just stop in,” she said.

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The spokeswoman said those who do find bargains to their liking consume their spirits responsibly.

***ORIGINAL STORY (March 22, 2019)***

Buoyed by the success of its initial “Last Call” trial store in Columbus, the Ohio Division of Liquor Control is poised to open a second store dedicated to close-out, discontinued and slow-selling spirits in Cincinnati.

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The store will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Kroger store at 7578 Beechmont Ave. in Cincinnati.

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The store, which also stocks regular product offerings, will serve as the southwest Ohio hub for “Last Call” items — “those products that have been discontinued, as well as the slow movers we’ll no longer offer in Ohio once the existing stock sells through,” a spokeswoman for the division of liquor control said. 

Discounts will range from zero to 40 percent.

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Here are some examples of discounts that are  scheduled to be available in the first days of the Cincinnati Last Call opening, as provided by the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. All are standard-sized bottles (750 ml) unless otherwise noted. Each item will be sold “as supplies last,” and the inventory will fluctuate considerably.  

  • CROWN ROYAL HONEY: $18.99, down from $24.99 
  • CROWN ROYAL MAPLE: $18.99, down from $24.99 
  • LORD CALVERT HUNTING DOG DECANTER SERIES 2, $74.99 down from $99.99 
  • MACALLAN 12-year Scotch in half bottles (375 ml), $26.49 down from $34.99 
  • MACALLAN FINE OAK 10, $42.99 down from $56.99 
  • CIROC SUMMER COLADA, $22.49 down from $29.99 

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