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Tag: Liquor privatization


Privatized liquor sales up in July despite higher prices

With liquor now available in Washington in most every supermarket, drugstore and discount store in the state, sales rose 15.4 percent in July compared with the same month in 2011, today reported the Washington State Department of Revenue.

That volume increase came despite prices that averaged 16.2 percent higher than last year when liquor sales were limited to state-owned and licensed stores.

The sales increase followed June sales that dropped by 9.4 percent after a rise of more than 26 percent in May, the last month the state sold liquor from its own stores. State officials attribute that rise and

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WA liquor store liquidation – who paid what for which state outlets?

Following up on Monday’s story about the sales of the state’s liquor stores, we got ahold of the list of winning bids for auctioning off state liquor stores to the highest bidder. As we reported, the top bid was $750,000 for the South End Tacoma store. Here are the top 10 bids, generally located in the Puget Sound region.

Store Addess City Winning Bid Name

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Liquor giant, wine specialist BevMo heading to Washington

Big liquor retailer BevMo is heading to Washington in the wake of a voters’ decision last fall to end the state’s monopoly on liquor sales.

The California-based liquor retailer is among dozens of retailers ranging from supermarkets such as Safeway and Top Food & Drug to drug stores such as Bartell to discount stores such as Costco, Walmart and Target, that have made plans to sell liquor when the state allows it June 1.

BevMo’s first two stores are scheduled to open in Tacoma and Silverdale in mid-summer, said BevMo chief executive, Alan Johnson.

“We’ll open sooner if we

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