Malheur County sees jump in liquor sales during pandemic

Teri Doran, owner of the Vale Liquor Store, said the store's sales have grown by about a quarter to a third since the pandemic. (The Enterprise/Ardeshir Tabrizian)

In the months since the coronavirus pandemic sent shock waves through local businesses, liquor stores in Malheur County have registered a rise in sales.

From March to August, liquor sales in the county were more than 20% higher than the same period last year, according to data provided by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Increases in monthly sales in that time ranged from 11% to 28%.

Three-quarters of Malheur County’s liquor sales are typically from the one liquor store in Ontario, said T.J. Sheehy, OLCC director of analytics and research.

Sales “have definitely shot up” for Nyssa’s liquor store, booming when bars were shut . . .