Total Utah liquor sales increase in days leading up to Thanksgiving 2019

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year at Utah's state-run liquor stores, and the store in Cottonwood Heights at 1863 E. Fort Union Blvd., makes the most sales in the state as people line up before the doors open at 11.

Utah liquor shoppers provided another year of sales growth in the five days leading up to Thanksgiving. From Friday to Wednesday, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control reported $12,099,885 in store sales. That’s a 3.2% growth compared to the same five-day period in 2018, according to statistics released by the DABC on Thursday.

Last year, total sales were $11.7 million In 2017, sales totaled $11.3 million.

But sales on Wednesday, the busiest days of the year, were down 1.6% — or $56,678 — compared to the same day in 2018. Sales this year were about $3.5 million; last year they were $3.6 million.

The state’s 47 liquor stores sold 314,945 bottles on Wednesday, and 1,103,161 Friday through Wednesday. That’s a decrease of 8.8% compared to 2018. That may be because people shopped a day earlier this year than they did last year. Sales on Tuesday were $2.5 million. Last year sales on that day were lower — $2.3 million.