Alaska Distributors, the Kent-based alcohol distributor, could lay off more than 600 workers on Oct. 3, according to notice it gave the...

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Alaska Distributors, the Kent-based alcohol distributor, could lay off more than 600 workers on Oct. 3, according to notice it gave the state Employment Security Department on Wednesday.

Company CEO Steve Loeb did not return a phone call late this afternoon.

The company plans to sell part of its business to CoHo Distributing of Portland, which is being created from the merger of Columbia Distributing, Mt. Hood Beverage and Gold River Distributing, CoHo said in a July press release. The deal is expected to close in early October.

Melissa Allison: 206-464-3312 or mallison@seattletimes.com