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.

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.

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.

State liquor stores to offer expanded hours

June 28, 2011

The state plans to roll out standardized hours at liquor stores July 1.

Under the existing system, hours for the state-run store in Issaquah and 165 other locations vary. Starting in July, the schedule for all state stores is to be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. at the Issaquah store and 57 others that are open on Sunday.

“Having standard, reliable hours will be a significant improvement in convenience for our customers,” Sharon Foster, Washington State Liquor Control Board chairwoman, said in a statement. “It took an investment by the governor and Legislature to make it possible. We are excited and thankful to have this opportunity and look forward to providing this service to our customers and returning additional revenue as well.”

The liquor board received funding in the 2011-13 state budget to standardize state store hours. The change is projected to generate almost $800,000 in additional revenue through 2013.

“The later hours are not expected to compromise our top priority — public safety,” Pat Kohler, liquor board administrative director, said in a statement. “Washington state liquor stores have among the nation’s highest no-sales-to-minors compliance rate at 95 percent. Additionally, state store employee wages are not based on sales, so they do not have an incentive to sell to teens or apparently intoxicated people.”

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State liquor stores to offer expanded hours starting July 1

June 27, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 27, 2011

The state plans to roll out standardized hours at liquor stores July 1.

Under the existing system, hours for the state-run store in Issaquah and 165 other locations vary. Starting in July, the schedule for all state stores is to be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. at the Issaquah store and 57 others open on Sunday.

“Having standard, reliable hours will be a significant improvement in convenience for our customers,” Sharon Foster, Washington State Liquor Control Board chairwoman, said in a statement. “It took an investment by the governor and Legislature to make it possible. We are excited and thankful to have this opportunity and look forward to providing this service to our customers and returning additional revenue as well.”

The liquor board received funding in the 2011-13 state budget to standardize state store hours. The change is projected to generate almost $800,000 in additional revenue through 2013.

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Starbucks to offer beer and wine at Issaquah location

June 7, 2011

Starbucks plans to offer a different kind of jolt to Issaquah customers soon.

The bustling Starbucks at the Meadows complex along Northwest Gilman Boulevard is in line to become the only store other than Seattle and Portland, Ore., so far to offer beer and wine.

The coffee colossus filed for a liquor license last month as Starbucks prepares to renovate the Issaquah location in late summer. The project is due to start in early August and should be completed in late September.

Plans call for the location to remain open during construction, although some seating might be unavailable for stretches during the remodel.

The overhaul marks Starbucks’ inaugural attempt to offer alcohol options and additional menu offerings in a suburban setting. Imagine charcuterie and a cheese plate — savory snacks to accompany the craft beers and regional wines Starbucks plans to offer.

The customer base and buzzing traffic at the Issaquah store offer the Seattle-based company a chance to test a concept honed at Emerald City locations.

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Starbucks to offer beer and wine at Issaquah location

June 3, 2011

NEW — 11 a.m. June 3, 2011

Starbucks plans to offer a different kind of jolt to Issaquah customers soon.

The bustling Starbucks at the Meadows complex along Northwest Gilman Boulevard is in line to become the only store beyond Seattle and Portland, Ore., so far to offer beer and wine.

The coffee colossus filed for a liquor license last month as Starbucks prepares to renovate the Issaquah location in late summer. The project is due to start in early August and should be completed in late September.

Plans call for the location to remain open during construction, although some seating might be unavailable for stretches during the remodel.

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