Privatization

Wash. Liquor Prices
6:16 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Washington Liquor Prices Up 17% Over Last Year

Liquor prices in Washington state were 17 percent higher in June 2012 compared to the same month one year ago.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

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.

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Liquor Privatization
6:12 am
Tue June 5, 2012

In Costco’s Hometown, Liquor Store Employees Still Have a Job

The shift to private liquor sales in Washington is affecting some 1,200 state employees. But they’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.

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Liquor Privatization
6:37 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Washington Hands Off Liquor Sales To Private Sector

Spokane Costco manager Kelly Frisina looks up at the pallets of liquor ready to be lowered after midnight on Friday morning.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

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’s Day One of a new voter-passed law that takes Washington liquor sales out of the hands of the state.

Oregon lawmakers may consider a similar proposal next year and it could affect liquor sales along Idaho’s north-western border. We sent correspondent Jessica Robinson out to see how a government-run industry goes private.

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Liquor Store Auctions
7:22 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Washington State Sells Off Final 18 Liquor Stores

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’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.

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Alcohol Laws
7:02 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Washington Restaurants Changing The Way They Buy Liquor

State liquor stores will shut down as Washington privatizes liquor sales.
Photo Credit Anna King Northwest News Network

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington restaurateurs are preparing for a new option that begins March first: They’ll be able to buy liquor directly from distilleries and out-of-state distributors. It’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.

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