The Liquor License COVID Response Program

Liquor License Advisor is pleased to announce the launch of our Liquor License COVID Response Program for Boston and area restaurants, bars and other on-premise licensed establishments. Over the past 6 months, we have been approached by many owners who were looking for specific advice about their current situation and options.

The was a common theme and questions that kept coming up and the more owners we talked to, the more we knew we had to do something more to support the Boston restaurants who have supported us all of these years.

The program allows a quick assessment by our team of liquor license professionals to help you evaluate what your potential options are and what’s next. For full details on the program, see the info below or reach out to our office at (781)319-9800 any time to schedule a private conversation about your unique situation.

You’ve worked hard and deserve the best possible outcome for you and your business – we’re here for you. Give us a call at (781)319-9800.

 

 

We pride ourselves on having all your bases covered for a great transaction in the shortest amount of time. After over 1500+ transactions we’ve learned a thing or two. We know one person is not able to provide the attention to detail and everything else that’s involved – like our Team of 8 can.

Learn more about why you should hire a team below.

 

Why should you want to sign an exclusive listing agreement? You are going to receive commitment from the marketplace. With our team, a seller coordinator is with you from the very beginning, all the way to the end- where we have a listing coordinator who’s job is to finalize the transaction and get it closed.

Maximize your exposure, profit, with our expertise every step of the way.

 

 

Years of building a successful business? All buyers are not created equal, and we pride ourselves in ensuring you get the maximum price for your business that the market will deliver. Having Liquor License Advisor engaged early is an investment into the rest of your life. 

We match the right buyers with the right opportunity.

 

Liquor License Broker Boston - How Do You Know If A Broker Is Right For You?

Boston Liquor License Broker – or any broker for that matter are not all the same!

When you are buying or selling a license or a business, there are many moving parts and it requires some skill and finesse to get the result you want. A successful transaction in the liquor industry has to be navigated by someone who meets the following criteria:

  1. they are a specialist in the liquor industry, not a generalist
  2. they are trustworthy and have integrity
  3. they have industry-specific knowledge of liquor licenses in the area
  4. they have the confidence and communications skills that will lead the process and keep all parties in check
  5. they have proven systems and processes
  6. they are surrounded by a team and complimentary experts who can get the deal done

The intricacies of a deal have to be managed in a way that keeps it moving along. We’ve found the longer a deal goes, the more likely it is to not close. We place significant priority in timing each phase of the process and know exactly how long it takes to sell a liquor store or license.

In this video, Dan Newcomb, long time liquor license advisor and liquor license expert talks about finding the right Boston liquor license broker:

At the end of the day, you want to find the best fit with someone who can see the deal through to the end and get the transaction done in the quickest time possible for the most money when selling your liquor store.

If you are looking for a Boston liquor license broker or a liquor store broker anywhere in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Florida – give us a call we’d be happy to discuss options to work with us to get you where you need to be.

To learn more about our general offerings and specialized services for attorneys, licensing coordinators, liquor store owners, franchise developers, food and beverage establishment owners, bankruptcy trustees, lenders, and more, visit our resources section or give us a call  directly at 781.319.9800

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Sell a Liquor License: Price and Value of Liquor Licenses

 

If you own a business that deals with the sale and distribution of alcohol, a liquor license is a valuable and often necessary asset. In some states, liquor licenses can be sold from one business entity to another depending on supply and demand. For example, if a restaurant is going out of business, that establishment’s  liquor license can be sold to qualified buyers who will use the license in accordance with the class of license, type of license, and any restrictions.

 

Luckily, most states allow liquor licenses to be bought and sold, but have different specifications for what is required. There are three types of liquor license transfers or sales, including person to person (or business to business), where the building and liquor license are both sold; place to place with the same business, where a business moves locations and retains the same liquor license; or a double transfer, where the location and owner both change. Your state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will have information on selling a liquor license that’s specific to your area. State laws have different categories for liquor licenses, including how the license can be used.

 

Sometimes, business owners opt to sell their license when they’re no longer conducting business at their property. It’s also a savvy way to turn a valuable asset into making money back, which is especially important if you’re closing down a business.

 

Before a buyer can purchase your license, they have to apply through the ABC in their state, similar to if they were applying for a new license. Working with a broker can match you with the right buyer.

 

Selling a liquor license can be an overwhelming process, but having all the information based on your geographical location and options can help make the process streamlined and simple. That’s why we’re here to help! Read below for all the details on liquor license prices, the value of a liquor license, liquor license renewal, and more logistical questions behind the sale.

 

Liquor License Price

 

The price of a liquor license varies wildly depending on a lot of factors, including what state you or your business is located in, the kind of license your business requires, and even how many liquor licenses are available in your geographic location. The average cost of a liquor license can run from several hundred dollars to several thousand, but each state has specific rules regarding the sale of alcohol, including beer and wine, that could affect pricing.

The price of a liquor license depends on supply and demand. If you purchase a liquor license from a business that is closing or going out of business, you apply with your state’s ABC as if you were applying for a new license, which may also include a liquor license transfer fee.

 

Value of Liquor License

 

Here’s the tricky thing about a liquor license: because the value of a liquor license changes as the market charges, there’s no simple, set price. It depends on the supply and demand in your state or region. For example, depending on where the market is, a liquor license could run between $75,000 and $80,000 in Pittsburgh, or between $12,000 and $400,000 in California at the same time.

In many states or regions, there is a quota on the amount of liquor licenses a city can issue based on population. If there are multiple buyers for licenses, the price will rise, but if the demand is slower, the price will drop.

Some things to keep in mind when assessing the value of your liquor license are whether it is a Class C, a Tavern, or another class or type of license, where the license is located, and whether the license is transferable to a new location. In some states, the ABC may have a list of available licenses, which can help you assess the value of your license based on the market. A liquor license broker or company can help you determine the worth of your liquor license, as well as connect you with credible buyers.

 

Can I Sell My Liquor License If I Owe Taxes?

 

While specifics depend on your state, the ABC can refuse to transfer a liquor license if the license owner is delinquent on their taxes. Alcohol beverage licenses can be refused to any person who owes delinquent state taxes, and in order to help the sale of your liquor license go smoothly, you should ensure you are up-to-date on all tax payments and in good standing.

 

Liquor License Renewal

 

Liquor licenses have to be renewed yearly, which sometimes requires a liquor license renewal fee. When buying an existing liquor license, in addition to requesting a transfer of ownership through your state’s ABC, in many cases, if the license is expiring in less than four months, the owner of the license must file the renewal application. In most cases, the owner of the liquor license will receive a notice anywhere from thirty to ninety days ahead of the liquor license’s expiration date, offering plenty of time to get your renewal application in.

While the steps of buying a liquor license are similar whether you’re purchasing a new license or an existing one, you can apply for a temporary permit that allows you to continue operation while your application is processed.

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