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Jun. 1, 2012 at 6:49am

Liquor Sales Begin Today at Tacoma Grocery Stores

The [sweet, sweet, alcohol soaked] fruits of I-1183 take shape today as local grocery stores start selling the hard stuff today. My co-worker noted the Albertsons off 38th prepped by hanging a huge banner with a picture of shelves stocked with liquor that read "Coming Soon" in the days leading up to June 1st. We saw the license application notice at the Hilltop Safeway location back in February. Yet other people are noted as hoarding spirits for fear that costs will sky rocket once prices can be set by local business. (*cough* drunks *cough*)

So, will the world come to an end now that to prohibition on selling the drink at non-state run shops has ended? Or will this be another non-event like the smoking ban or Y2K and only represent a convenience for law-abiding people who don't want to feel like criminals when buying something tasty like they did in those locked down state shops? And, perhaps most important, where around town do you know of shops who applied?

More info on the state's I-1183 transition

comments [11]  |  posted under grocery, liquor, tacoma


by fredo on 6/1/2012 @ 7:22am

Good posting Kevin. The news tribune has a liquor price calculator application that allows readers to plug in the new retail price and get the total price with all the new taxes. I tried it and it works. They also have a listing of all the old liquor prices from the state liquor store days for comparison.

by fredo on 6/1/2012 @ 10:15am

Bartells on 6th ave. has a liquor display about 8 or 12 feet long on one side of the aisle back by the camera dept. They were just starting to put out their stock and there were no prices posted. I didn't see any cheap brands. They have the good stuff there. 

by cisserosmiley on 6/1/2012 @ 9:19pm
I don't drink but I'm tempted to buy some alchy cause it's so easy.

by troysworktable on 6/1/2012 @ 9:58pm
I was in the South Hill and Downtown Puyallup Fred Meyers today and the liquor aisles of both stores were packed with people looking at the offerings.  My guess is that even if the prices are slightly higher than when the state sold liquor, the convenience of being able to grab bread and milk and beer and a bottle of Jack Daniels is going to be worth the extra fees for most people.  And you can grab a DVD or BluRay disc at Redbox and call it good.

by troysworktable on 6/1/2012 @ 10:05pm
Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Smirnoff, Tanqueray, Cuervo, and their ilk are going to be available nearly everywhere.  I'm interested to see who is going to carry liquor offerings from local artisinal distilleries—Dry Fly, Bainbridge Organic, Soft Tail, Hidden Cove, and the like.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/1/2012 @ 10:44pm
This law is before the WA Supreme court.

I think it'd make for a a REALLY interesting few weeks if the court struck down the law.

by troysworktable on 6/1/2012 @ 10:51pm
The Washington Supremes ruled on 1183 yesterday, upholding its passage by a 5 to 4 vote.

by L.S.Erhardt on 6/2/2012 @ 10:40am
I'm rather surprised.
Typically the court rules in favor of the state.

by KevinFreitas on 6/3/2012 @ 4:52pm
I second that sentiment re: local distilleries, @Troy! Be great to know where local spirits happen. Be nice to see Tacoma Boy's take that on.

by thriceallamerican on 6/4/2012 @ 9:21am
Haven't peeked at other stores yet, but Metro Market has a great little section set up. They seem to be attempting to get both local distilleries on the shelf as well as some of the niche selections from elsewhere. I was impressed with their selection of aged rums.

by troysworktable on 6/4/2012 @ 9:24am
In the Puyallup Fred Meyer this morning (Monday 04 June 2012), many of the once full spots are now empty.  It is primarily either (a) smaller bottles of liquor or (b) less expensive bottles of liquor.  It appears people may be liking the accessibility and convenience that grocery store sales of liquor provide.


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