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What happens to liquor store if initiatives pass?

October 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Two liquor-privatization initiatives, 1100 and 1105, are on the ballot this election season (Nov. 2 is the deadline — have you mailed in your ballot?). If either initiative passes, the new state-run liquor store at 118 NE 45th St. would close, but not right away.

Washington Liquor Control Board spokesperson Brian Smith told us via email, “Should one or both initiatives pass, the Wallingford store will close. The Liquor Control Board leases, not owns, all store properties. So, we’d need to break the lease and close shop, likely by June 2011.”

That closure would coincide with other stores beginning to sell spirits. Any business that currently sells beer and wine could apply for the new license. Smith said that “the Liquor Control Board would likely grant a spirits license to an existing licensee (beer and wine) if they are in good standing. The Board would consider rejecting if the local authority (typically the city mayor) objected, if their existing license was in jeopardy due to public safety violations (selling to a minor, etc.) or similar reasons.”