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Washington residents among 19 people ill from E. coli outbreak tied to Costco

SEATTLE (AP) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 19 people in seven states have contracted E. coli in an outbreak linked to Costco chicken salad. The strain …


Fresh sheet: Cherry Splat today at Millwood Farmers Market

The Cherry Splat is a free children’s activity at today’s Millwood Farmers Market. There are prizes for kids who can hit the bullseye using a slingshot and cherries. Children can …


Jewelry stolen overnight from north Spokane Costco

Spokane police say someone entered the Costco in the 7600 block of N. Division Street sometime during the night Tuesday and stole a “significant amount” of jewelry from a display …


Costco supports increasing minimum wage

NEW YORK – For many businesses, opposing minimum-wage increases is a no-brainer: Raising the minimum wage increases their expenses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce steadfastly opposes the proposal, as do …


Idaho stores swimming in sales since Wash. privatized liquor

In the first seven months of Washington’s privatized liquor system, the big winner may be Idaho. Business from Washington already was brisk in Idaho stores before Washington voters’ decision, with …


Liquor board rules challenged in court

Supporters of an initiative that privatized liquor sales in Washington now say state regulators are violating the law by arbitrarily restricting wholesale distribution and pricing of wine and spirits. A …


Clark: Buying booze at Costco doesn’t live up to buzz

Last Saturday found me at the East Sprague Costco along with 99.97452 percent of the residents of Spokane County. I was one of the lucky ones, though. I found this …


Some costs may rise when private retailers sell booze

If Washington voters thought that letting private retailers take over liquor sales would make life simpler, they might have been wrong. Come Friday, prices for thousands of different libations will …


Stores beefing up security for liquor

Many grocery stores getting ready to sell liquor starting June 1 are spending thousands of dollars to prevent theft and secure their new inventory from walking out the door. Rosauers …


Liquor board issues 8 distributor licenses in area; Costco hasn’t applied

OLYMPIA – For two years, Washington’s beer and wine distributors fought Costco-backed initiatives to get the state out of the liquor business. They won in 2010 but lost in 2011. …


It won’t be hard to find hard liquor

It’s not exactly a gold rush. More like a mad dash to not be left behind when liquor sales go private in June. On June 1, the state’s roughly 330 …


Liquor superstores scope out Washington sites

An East Coast company calling itself a “wine superstore” has announced plans to open two stores in the Spokane area. Representatives of the company, Total Wine, said those plans are …


Nordstrom, Costco beat retail estimates

Oh what a difference a weekend can make.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 8, 2011, 9 p.m.

Liquor initiative passes with widespread support

Washington voters have approved a plan to privatize liquor sales, siding with Costco in the costliest initiative campaign in state history.


Record donation from Costco

OLYMPIA – In an effort to get voters to end the state’s liquor monopoly, Costco this week made the single-largest political contribution in history – nearly $9 million – to …


Costco gives nearly $10 million for liquor initiative

Costco has given nearly $10 million to support an initiative campaign that would privatize Washington’s liquor distribution and sales.


Cash rolls in for, against liquor sales initiative

OLYMPIA – This year’s ballot measure to get state government out of the liquor business is shaping up to be another multimillion-dollar fight that will pit one of Washington’s largest …


Liquor, tolls, care staff initiatives likely qualify for November ballot

OLYMPIA – Washington voters will likely face proposals on tolls, liquor and home health care workers on the November ballot. But not on chickens or marijuana.


Time to sign up or shut up as initiative deadline nears

OLYMPIA – As Washington residents hit the parks, the malls and the supermarkets this holiday weekend, they may get a chance to take part in one bit of democracy central …


Initiative support tepid in poll

Washington voters may be experiencing initiative overload this year with a near-record number of ballot measures. They can stage a “tax revolt” by lifting new taxes imposed by the Legislature …


Garbanzos going green at Costco stores

We all know garbanzo beans. The dried, blond beans, aka chickpeas, are fantastic in hummus and other Mediterranean dishes. Right? Starting tomorrow, Costco shoppers will get a chance to try …


Walmart plans Valley store near Costco

Walmart says it will square off with Costco Wholesale Corp. in the Spokane Valley. The Bentonville, Ark., retail behemoth announced Thursday it will build a 151,000-square-foot retail center on a …


Landlords would love to see more neighbors for glasses store

Spaces gradually are filling in newer buildings drawn in by Costco at the intersection of Government Way and Neider Avenue in Coeur d’Alene. A new business between Starbucks and T-Mobile …


Costco’s flat profit laid to low prices

PORTLAND – Costco Wholesale Corp. says shoppers continued to flock to its stores in its first quarter and sales rose, but lower gas and food prices hampered the warehouse club …


Costco, Coke relations fizzle

ATLANTA – Costco customers may have to look elsewhere for Coca-Cola products now that the retailer has stopped carrying them because the pair are fighting over prices. The public squabble …


Costco stores to start accepting food stamps

PORTLAND – With many families suddenly struggling to feed themselves, the big warehouse clubs known for king-size packages of steak and jumbo boxes of Cheerios are increasingly competing with grocery …


Costco to accept food stamps

Costco Wholesale plans to accept food stamps at its warehouse stores nationwide, a major shift for a company that earlier this year said it doubted there would be enough demand …


Arrests provide evidence in locker room thefts

It didn’t take long for police to identify two suspects in two recent high school locker room thefts. A couple of surveillance photos did the trick. “We got flooded with …


Costco profits lower, but beat expectations

PORTLAND – Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that a stronger dollar and higher employee health care costs helped drive its fiscal fourth-quarter profit down 6 percent, but the results beat …


Costco experimenting with food stamps

Responding to the economic pressures on its shoppers, Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that it will soon install the equipment to accept food stamps at two of its New York …