Privatization http://nwpr.org en Washington Liquor Prices Up 17% Over Last Year http://nwpr.org/post/washington-liquor-prices-17-over-last-year <p>Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago. The state Department of Revenue says sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington. The drop is partially a result of bars and restaurants stocking their shelves in May. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:16:28 +0000 Colin Fogarty 13401 at http://nwpr.org Washington Liquor Prices Up 17% Over Last Year In Costco’s Hometown, Liquor Store Employees Still Have a Job http://nwpr.org/post/costco-s-hometown-liquor-store-employees-still-have-job <p>The shift to private liquor sales in Washington is affecting some 1,200 state employees. But they&rsquo;re not all out of a job. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins checked in on how workers at one former state liquor store are doing under new system. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:12:43 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9465 at http://nwpr.org Washington Hands Off Liquor Sales To Private Sector http://nwpr.org/post/washington-hands-liquor-sales-private-sector <p>Washington is witnessing a major shift in a multi-million dollar business. Starting Friday, hard liquor will be right there on the shelf at supermarkets, big box stores and privately-run liquor shops. It&rsquo;s Day One of a new voter-passed law that takes Washington liquor sales out of the hands of the state.</p><p>Oregon lawmakers may consider a similar proposal next year and it could affect liquor sales along Idaho&rsquo;s north-western border. We sent correspondent Jessica Robinson out to see how a government-run industry goes private. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:37:36 +0000 Jessica Robinson 9276 at http://nwpr.org Washington Hands Off Liquor Sales To Private Sector Washington State Sells Off Final 18 Liquor Stores http://nwpr.org/post/washington-state-sells-final-18-liquor-stores <p>Earlier this month the State auctioned off the rights to sell liquor in their current stores. 167 licenses were sold, but 18 buyers fell through. Bidders either couldn&rsquo;t come up with all the money, or struggled to work out lease conditions for the retail space. Thursday, a live auction sold the remaining 18 stores. Lesley McClurg reports. Fri, 25 May 2012 14:22:54 +0000 Lesley McClurg 8923 at http://nwpr.org Washington Restaurants Changing The Way They Buy Liquor http://nwpr.org/post/washington-restaurants-changing-way-they-buy-liquor <p>SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington restaurateurs are preparing for a new option that begins March first: They&rsquo;ll be able to buy liquor directly from distilleries and out-of-state distributors. It&rsquo;s one part of the new roll out of Initiative 1183, passed by voters in November. As correspondent Anna King reports, Some restaurants are waiting to see how the new marketplace shapes up, others are aggressively hunting down deals.</p><p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:02:28 +0000 Anna King 3177 at http://nwpr.org Washington Restaurants Changing The Way They Buy Liquor