Prepare for Memorial Day schedule changes

May 27, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. May 27, 2011

Memorial Day means closures and schedule changes in Issaquah and elsewhere.

Issaquah City Hall, King County and state offices close. So do federal offices, including post offices.

King County Metro Transit operates on a Sunday schedule May 30 for Memorial Day.

For Metro Transit service, if a bus route does not usually operate on Sunday, then no service is offered on Memorial Day.

In addition, all Metro offices close on the holiday, including the customer information phone lines. Use the online Trip Planner for travel assistance.

Sound Transit also operates on a Sunday schedule for Memorial Day.

Most state-run liquor stores remain open for the holiday.

The state stores open at regular time — either 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. — and close at 7 p.m. Contract liquor stores may also open.

Costco joins push to privatize liquor sales

May 24, 2011

Issaquah-based Costco and a group of retailers and restaurants ordered another round May 20 in the push to privatize liquor sales and distribution in Washington.

The group filed a ballot initiative to allow a limited number of retail stores to sell liquor. If the initiative passes, eligible stores must have at least 10,000 square feet of fully enclosed retail space within a single structure or, in areas without larger stores, meet Washington State Liquor Control Board requirements.

In addition to Costco, the group includes the Northwest Grocery Association and the Washington Restaurant Association.

“This initiative will modernize the wholesale distribution and retail sales of liquor in a way that increases consumer choice and convenience, and increases state and local revenues, while continuing to protect public safety and strictly regulate the distribution and sale of liquor,” Northwest Grocery Association President Joe Gilliam said in a release.

“Under the initiative, an estimated 1,500 grocery and retail stores would be eligible to apply for a license to sell liquor. The initiative would prohibit liquor from being sold at gas stations and small convenience stores,” Gilliam said.

Costco led a push last year to privatize liquor sales through Initiative 1100, but 53 percent of voters rejected the measure. The company employs 2,700 people in Issaquah, more than any other business.

The initiative must go through the state process to establish a ballot title before petitions can be printed. Supporters expect signature gathering to begin in about a month. If supporters gather enough signatures, the measure could appear on the November ballot.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

Customers toast state-run liquor stores in survey

March 8, 2011

Customers offered a thumbs-up for state-run liquor stores, but suggested liquor store gift cards and online ordering as possible additions to the system.

The information comes from a Washington State Liquor Control Board survey commissioned after voters rejected ballot measures last fall to privatize the state-run liquor system.

Customers offered high marks for customer service, liquor store employee courtesy, product selection and store locations. The state released the survey results Feb. 8.

“We are pleased that our performance ranked high with customers,” board Chairwoman Sharon Foster said in a statement. “The results help validate the board’s work to modernize stores, improve the customer shopping experience and increase convenience with simple changes, like opening stores on Sundays and holidays.”

Gov. Chris Gregoire directed the liquor board to sponsor a survey to better understand customers’ attitudes about additional stores, updated store models, hours and more after a pair of liquor privatization initiatives — including Costco-backed Initiative 1100 — failed on the November ballot.

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Most liquor stores remain open for Presidents Day

February 15, 2011

Evergreen State residents can raise a glass to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, because all state-run liquor stores remain open Feb. 21, the federal holiday to observe Presidents Day.

The stores open at 10 or 11 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.

Survey: Customers offer high marks for state-run liquor stores

February 9, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 9, 2011

Customers offered a thumbs-up for state-run liquor stores, but suggested liquor store gift cards and online ordering as possible additions to the system.

The information comes from a Washington State Liquor Control Board survey commissioned after voters rejected ballot measures last fall to privatize the state-run liquor system.

Customers offered high marks for customer service, liquor store employee courtesy, product selection and store locations. The state released the survey results Tuesday.

“We are pleased that our performance ranked high with customers,” board Chairwoman Sharon Foster said in a statement. “The results help validate the board’s work to modernize stores, improve the customer shopping experience and increase convenience with simple changes like opening stores on Sundays and holidays.”

Read more

Most liquor stores remain open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 14, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 14, 2011

Evergreen State residents can raise a glass to Martin Luther King Jr., because all state-run liquor stores remain open Monday, the federal holiday to honor the civil rights leader.

The stores open at 10 a.m. or 11 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.

Turn to the Washington State Liquor Control Board for a complete list of state-run liquor stores. The state operates a store in Issaquah near the Town & Country Square shopping center, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite B18.

State liquor stores remain open for revelers to toast 2011

December 31, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 31, 2010

New Year’s Eve revelers can toast the arrival of 2011, because all state-run liquor stores remain open Friday.

The stores open at 10 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. But all state-run liquor stores close Saturday for New Year’s Day.

Turn to the Washington State Liquor Control Board for a complete list of state-run liquor stores. The state operates a store in Issaquah near the Town & Country Square shopping center, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite B18.

Some contract liquor stores could be open Friday and Saturday. Contact the stores for holiday operating schedules.

State liquor stores close for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2010

Forget about a last-minute run to buy a tipple to serve alongside the turkey.

All state-run liquor stores close on Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. The stores reopen for regular hours Nov. 26.

Some contract liquor stores may open on Thanksgiving. Contact the stores for holiday schedules.

Find a complete list of store schedules and phone numbers on the Washington State Liquor Control Board website.

Health Roundup

November 16, 2010

State bans Four Loko and other caffeinated alcoholic drinks

The state has banned “blackout in a can” caffeinated alcohol drinks.

Washington State Liquor Control Board members OK’d the emergency ban Nov. 10, after nine underage Central Washington University students had to be hospitalized after consuming the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko.

The statewide ban takes effect Nov. 17 and remains in effect for 120 days as the state formulates a permanent ban. Read more

Most liquor stores to remain open for Veterans Day

November 10, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 10, 2010

On Veterans Day, raise a glass to service members past and present: state-run liquor stores remain open on the holiday, Thursday.

The state stores open at normal times at 10 or 11 a.m., and close at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. Customers should check with the local stores for hours. Find the complete list of stores here.

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

Find more store schedules, phone numbers and information from the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

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