PLCB says many looted liquor stores in Philly that were damaged may never reopen

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Extensive damage to several Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores during the unrest in Philadelphia has the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board figuring out when or even if the locations will reopen. 

At least 17 state-run liquor stores in Philadelphia were hit hard, including one on Broad Street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia, where children were among the looters.

Elizabeth Brassell, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, said there was damage to the exterior and interior of the store. Products were all taken from the store, and there was also damage to some of their computers and point of sales systems.

"We are taking things day by day and our primary concern is for the safety of our employees and our customers. So for the foreseeable future, all of our stores in Philadelphia will remain closed,” she said.

The closure will continue into the next phase of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan.

Curbside service continues in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

And Brassell said there is no timeline for when stores damaged in Delaware and Montgomery counties will be ready to resume operations.