The auctions to sell SLGA liquor permits have concluded, with bids totaling $45,077,800.

"We are pleased to see these auctions come to a successful conclusion," Minister Responsible for SLGA Lori Carr said in a news release. "The incredible amount of interest means that we will have additional revenue to put toward the high-quality public services we all enjoy."

Auctions for the 35 permits were conducted online by McDougall Auctions. The auctions began February 6 and closed February 24. The top bid went for the license in La Ronge ($3,270,000).

The only West Central location on the list came out of Biggar, and it's permit sold for $1,105,000.

Winning bidders will now begin the application process for the retail store permit. Prospective retailers must meet all SLGA licensing requirements to hold a permit. 

The timelines for issuance of permits will vary.

Successful bidders have 18 months to obtain their permit and open their business. Bid amounts must be fully paid before a permit is issued. 

Twenty-seven of SLGA Retail Inc.'s liquor stores have now closed. The final seven are set to close by the end of business March 11.