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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 vary from store to store, and customers hunting for the best deal will need a calculator to learn whether they’re getting a bargain.
A masked man robbed several cashiers at knife point at the Safeway on Northwest Boulevard this evening. Witnesses said the man put a knife to at least two cashiers’ throats and demanded money before fleeing north down Maple Street on foot.
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 retailers against alcohol wholesalers. Also taking sides will be the state’s grocery stores, with some big national chains such as Safeway backing the proposal and some regional chains like Rosauers working against it.
The empty Safeway supermarket on West Third in Spokane will reopen this fall as a Grocery Outlet store.
For Dillon Fabie, there was no decision to be made. Just an adrenaline rush and a quick sprint across a parking lot and there he was, restraining a suspected purse thief as police arrived. “Instincts took over,” Fabie, 21, said Monday as he recalled taking the man to the ground in the north Spokane Walmart supercenter parking lot last November. “The next thing I know I’m all the way back here holding the guy.”