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Add-on state fee driving small liquor stores out of business

Two weeks ago Dave Mehelich closed his Good Spirits liquor store. For years the shop at 1322 W. Third Ave. was a state-run business that bustled with customers.


Shawn Vestal: Privatized liquor leaves little guys with big hangover

It was late on a Friday afternoon in the spring of 2012. The auction of state liquor stores was drawing to a close, and Byron Roselli had a group of …


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 store owners weigh options: For some, it’s last call

Owners of liquor stores that contract with the state of Washington have a choice to make in the coming months – whether to try and stay open under the new …


Liquor store operator needed for CdA Indian Reservation

WORLEY, Idaho – The state of Idaho is looking for somebody to run a liquor store on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation. Worley has had a contract liquor store since …


Post Falls liquor store is top seller

A state liquor store in Post Falls has become Idaho’s top-seller of booze, with customers from nearby Eastern Washington helping drive up sales of distilled spirits. Brent Layton lives in …


Initiatives would close Washington state liquor stores

OLYMPIA – Washington state’s continued control of liquor sales may be in doubt. Sponsors of one ballot measure to turn the sale of all liquor over to private stores, Initiative …