Issaquah liquor store to close May 29 before changeover

May 24, 2012

NEW — 2 p.m. May 24, 2012

The state-run liquor store in Issaquah is due to close May 29, as the Washington State Liquor Control Board prepares to shift stores from public to private ownership.

Under a state law approved by voters last year, liquor sales by private entrepreneurs can start June 1.

The board auctioned the rights to entrepreneurs to sell liquor at the state-run store in Town & Country Square along Northwest Gilman Boulevard last month. State records show the right to the Issaquah store sold to Seattle merchant Leon Capelouto for $251,000.

“There is a lot of work involved in transferring these stores to private ownership,” Chris Liu, director of retail services for the liquor authority, said in a statement. “This method will ensure that our customers have the ability to buy liquor right up until June 1, when private retailers take over.”

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Supreme Court hears challenge to Costco-backed liquor privatization

May 22, 2012

Opponents of liquor privatization urged state Supreme Court justices May 17 to overturn Initiative 1183, less than a month before the switch from a state-run liquor system to private entrepreneurs.

If the high court overturns the Costco-backed measure, state-run liquor stores could remain open and retailers could not sell spirits. The changeover is scheduled to occur June 1, and a ruling is expected before then.

Opponents said I-1183 violates the single subject rule for statewide ballot initiatives.

In addition to the liquor privatization language, I-1183 included a section directing $10 million to public safety, in addition to the liquor-privatization language.

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Liquor sales expand in Issaquah, statewide June 1

May 15, 2012

Jeffrey Roh, of Milton, purchased the right to sell spirits at a liquor store under construction in the Klahanie Shopping Center. By Greg Farrar

The availability of liquor in Issaquah is poised to expand beyond a single storefront next month, as major retailers prepare to add spirits to store shelves and the state completes the process to privatize liquor sales.

Bartell Drugs, Fred Meyer, Front Street Market, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, QFC, Walgreens and Costco received licenses to sell liquor. (QFC received licenses for the Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Klahanie stores.)

Until the transition to liquor privatization is completed, liquor is available only at a state-run store.

In the meantime, entrepreneurs purchased the rights to apply for a retail spirits license at the state-run liquor store along Northwest Gilman Boulevard and a liquor store under construction in the Klahanie Shopping Center.

State records show the right to the Issaquah store sold to Seattle merchant Leon Capelouto for $251,000. The right to the unfinished Klahanie store sold to Milton entrepreneur Jeffrey Roh for $82,100.

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Issaquah police plan extra DUI enforcement for Cinco de Mayo

May 2, 2012

NEW — 1:30 p.m. May 2, 2012

Local law and public health enforcement agencies asked revelers to toast Cinco de Mayo responsibly as the holiday approached.

Statewide, law enforcement agencies and the Issaquah Police Department plan to embark on a campaign to nab drunken drivers on the holiday, Saturday.

Local law enforcement agencies, plus the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Washington State Patrol, scheduled extra DUI officers and troopers to remove dangerous drivers from the road. Law enforcement officers also plan to visit bars to ensure responsible service.

Latino community leaders from the Mexican Consulate in Seattle, El Centro de la Raza, SeaMar Community Health Centers and Consejo Counseling & Referral joined Public Health – Seattle & King County and Target Zero Teams to support the traffic safety effort.

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Press Editorial

March 13, 2012

Liquor service hours could get flexible

There’s a little city 15 miles west of here that wants to change state law — a change that would affect businesses in Issaquah.

Seattle wants the Washington State Liquor Control Board to approve a resolution to allow for extended liquor hours. If approved, Issaquah would be able to dictate opening and closing hours for the service of alcohol at bars, restaurants and clubs or entertainment venues.

Seattle’s goal is to extend liquor service hours, but it could choose to go the other way. Seattle’s mayor has suggested that staggered closing times could help with public safety concerns.

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Most state liquor stores remain open for Presidents Day

February 14, 2012

Evergreen State residents can raise a glass to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, because all state-run liquor stores remain open Feb. 20, the federal holiday to observe Presidents Day.

The stores open at 10 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. Some contract liquor stores could be open Monday as well. Contact stores for holiday operating schedules.

Find a complete list of state-run liquor stores at the Washington State Liquor Control Board website, www.liq.wa.gov.

The state operates a store in Issaquah in the Town & Country Square shopping center, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite B18.

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Most state liquor stores to remain open for Presidents Day

February 13, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 13, 2012

Evergreen State residents can raise a glass to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, because all state-run liquor stores remain open Feb. 20, the federal holiday to observe Presidents Day.

The stores open at 10 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m. Some contract liquor stores could be open Monday as well. Contact the stores for holiday operating schedules.

Find a complete list of state-run liquor stores at the Washington State Liquor Control Board website, www.liq.wa.gov.

The state operates a store in Issaquah in the Town & Country Square shopping center, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite B18.

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Issaquah police crack down on liquor sales to minors

January 17, 2012

Issaquah police and the Washington State Liquor Control Board joined forces late last month to crack down on businesses serving alcohol to minors.

Officers cited six people for furnishing liquor to minors during the Dec. 21 operation. The crackdown encompassed businesses throughout Issaquah.

Such enforcement is part of the routine compliance checks conducted by the liquor board and law enforcement agencies.

“Enforcement of all of the liquor laws — not just these — are important,” Police Chief Paul Ayers said. “They’re there for the purpose of making sure that a person can go into a bar and have a drink if they want, but that they’re not driving after being overserved or that they’re not underage and having alcohol. It’s just important that we enforce all of those laws.”

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Press Editorial

October 4, 2011

Yes on I-1183 to end state liquor business

Initiative 1183 — putting liquor sales in the hands of retailers instead of the state —is worth a yes vote. Last year, voters were asked a similar question, challenging the state’s monopoly on liquor sales. The voters said no. But I-1183 is vastly different.

For one thing, small stores like mini-marts will not be allowed to sell liquor, squelching the fear that teens will have more access than ever. Only stores larger than 10,000 square feet will qualify, unless a smaller store is the only option in town.

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Most liquor stores to remain open for Labor Day

September 4, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 4, 2011

Washingtonians can toast Labor Day on Monday, because most state-run liquor stores remain open on the holiday.

The state stores open at the normal time, 10 a.m., and close at 7 p.m. (The state Liquor Control Board rolled out uniform hours for liquor stores in July.)

Contract liquor stores might also open on the holiday. Contact the stores for holiday operating schedules.

The state-run liquor store in Issaquah is at 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call the store at 313-1817.

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