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5 years after privatization, Washington liquor sales are up despite price increase

Cross-border sales are one lasting effect of the privatization of liquor sales in Washington. More than six years after voters passed


To keep business, Washington considers cutting alcohol taxes

OLYMPIA – In an effort to keep Washington’s liquor drinkers from heading to Idaho or Oregon for cheaper booze, some legislators are looking at cutting alcohol sales taxes. That could …


Total Wine & More to construct store in Spokane Valley

Total Wine & More, the nation’s largest liquor retailer, intends to build its second area liquor store in Spokane Valley, the company announced Friday. The 25,000-square-foot, $1.7 million retail center …


Booze competition likely to intensify

Fans and critics of the 2012 law that allowed private firms to take over liquor sales can agree on one thing: Like it or not, Washington’s retail spirits industry is …


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 …


Washington Supreme Court upholds I-1183 liquor law

OLYMPIA – Businesses around Washington can begin selling liquor today, after the state Supreme Court refused Thursday to toss out the law voters passed last November to allow the sales. …


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 …


Dry Fly gearing up for June 1 change

Spokane’s Dry Fly Distilling has a two-part plan to take advantage of the big switch in liquor sales starting on June 1. That’s the date Initiative 1183 goes into effect, …


Rights to Spokane area liquor stores auctioned off

OLYMPIA – The rights to operate Washington’s state-owned liquor stores have all been auctioned off, at prices ranging from about $750,000 for a store in Tacoma to just under $50,000 …


Washington liquor store licenses auctioned

OLYMPIA — The rights to operate Washington’s state-owned liquor stores have all been auctioned off, at prices ranging from about $750,000 for a store in Tacoma to just under $50,000 …


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 …


Liquor law brings inevitable change

About 53 percent of Whitman County ballots supported Initiative 1183, which will effectively close down state-run liquor stores and state liquor distribution centers and open up the opportunity for grocery …


State must close all of its liquor operations by June

Sometime after the first of next year, the impact of the successful initiative ending Washington’s 78-year control of liquor sales will become more apparent. That’s when state liquor stores, which …


Liquor initiative puts contract businesses in peril

Sometime after the first of next year, the impacts of the successful initiative ending Washington’s 78-year control of liquor sales will become more apparent. That’s when state liquor stores, which …


The battle over booze

The multimillion- dollar fight over state-run liquor sales is flooding the airwaves and stuffing mailboxes across the state as both sides in the Initiative 1183 debate try to empty their …


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 …