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Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State

Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State

The state's new rules on liquor sales means pricier booze for consumers

It's a great day for liquor salesman in Washington State, but a bad one for the consumers who buy it. This weekend, new rules for liquor sales took effect; residents voted in November to approve an initiative to make it easier for private businesses to sell alcohol. The problem: liquor prices are rising, and costs are going straight to the consumers' wallets.

Intitiative 1183 approved businesses of more than 10,000 square feet and other specialty shops to sell liquor, says the Seattle Times. More than 1,600 shops applied for liquor licenses.(The inititiave also changed banned hours of liquor sales, only prohibiting it from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.) While most were excited to buy booze at the grocery store, the high prices gave most some sticker shock.

Reuters reports that the initiative could make per-bottle liquor prices raise between 10 and 30 percent. Markup on wholesale liquor shot up from 52 percent to 72 percent after the initiative was passed. Costco, one of the largest supporters of the measure, told Reuters it would keep prices about 5 percent lower to help offset costs. In reaction to the initiative, some stores reported seeing much higher sales — from $25 per customer to about $80 per customer — likely from thirsty consumers stocking up to avoid high prices.


Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State - Recipes

"Never been to this store before today. Was a lot bigger than I expected but it wasn't hard to find someone to help point us in the right direction. The staff here are pretty knowledgeable and gave us some good recommendations. They were all pretty friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. Prices are also very reasonable, so we will definitely be going back."

"Just stopped in for the flyer specials and actually had a great experience. The staff was super friendly, one guy I need to take with me jogging, he got me to all my request so fast I was blown away. The cashier was the best she made me so welcome that I can't wait to come back! Even the customers were extra friendly which was comforting to shop longer. The stock was plentiful that I forgot what I came for but found undiscovered treasures like this Australian wine with Snoops face on it, had to grab it."

"Best liquor store hands down. Friendly staff. Huge selection. Curbside pickup and free delivery. What more can you ask for?! Thanks Applejack's!!"

"Friendly and helpful staff, great prices, great selection, 60 seconds off of I-70 exit so I would rather go here on my way home from the mountains than most stores in Denver proper closer to home."

"Applejack has always had an incredible selection, but recently I discovered how helpful their employees are! Chad has helped me tremendously in trying to find a white wine for my wedding. His knowledge of wine is simply captivating, and extremely down to earth! If you're looking for any sort of recommendation he is your guy."


Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State - Recipes

"Never been to this store before today. Was a lot bigger than I expected but it wasn't hard to find someone to help point us in the right direction. The staff here are pretty knowledgeable and gave us some good recommendations. They were all pretty friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. Prices are also very reasonable, so we will definitely be going back."

"Just stopped in for the flyer specials and actually had a great experience. The staff was super friendly, one guy I need to take with me jogging, he got me to all my request so fast I was blown away. The cashier was the best she made me so welcome that I can't wait to come back! Even the customers were extra friendly which was comforting to shop longer. The stock was plentiful that I forgot what I came for but found undiscovered treasures like this Australian wine with Snoops face on it, had to grab it."

"Best liquor store hands down. Friendly staff. Huge selection. Curbside pickup and free delivery. What more can you ask for?! Thanks Applejack's!!"

"Friendly and helpful staff, great prices, great selection, 60 seconds off of I-70 exit so I would rather go here on my way home from the mountains than most stores in Denver proper closer to home."

"Applejack has always had an incredible selection, but recently I discovered how helpful their employees are! Chad has helped me tremendously in trying to find a white wine for my wedding. His knowledge of wine is simply captivating, and extremely down to earth! If you're looking for any sort of recommendation he is your guy."


Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State - Recipes

"Never been to this store before today. Was a lot bigger than I expected but it wasn't hard to find someone to help point us in the right direction. The staff here are pretty knowledgeable and gave us some good recommendations. They were all pretty friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. Prices are also very reasonable, so we will definitely be going back."

"Just stopped in for the flyer specials and actually had a great experience. The staff was super friendly, one guy I need to take with me jogging, he got me to all my request so fast I was blown away. The cashier was the best she made me so welcome that I can't wait to come back! Even the customers were extra friendly which was comforting to shop longer. The stock was plentiful that I forgot what I came for but found undiscovered treasures like this Australian wine with Snoops face on it, had to grab it."

"Best liquor store hands down. Friendly staff. Huge selection. Curbside pickup and free delivery. What more can you ask for?! Thanks Applejack's!!"

"Friendly and helpful staff, great prices, great selection, 60 seconds off of I-70 exit so I would rather go here on my way home from the mountains than most stores in Denver proper closer to home."

"Applejack has always had an incredible selection, but recently I discovered how helpful their employees are! Chad has helped me tremendously in trying to find a white wine for my wedding. His knowledge of wine is simply captivating, and extremely down to earth! If you're looking for any sort of recommendation he is your guy."


Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State - Recipes

"Never been to this store before today. Was a lot bigger than I expected but it wasn't hard to find someone to help point us in the right direction. The staff here are pretty knowledgeable and gave us some good recommendations. They were all pretty friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. Prices are also very reasonable, so we will definitely be going back."

"Just stopped in for the flyer specials and actually had a great experience. The staff was super friendly, one guy I need to take with me jogging, he got me to all my request so fast I was blown away. The cashier was the best she made me so welcome that I can't wait to come back! Even the customers were extra friendly which was comforting to shop longer. The stock was plentiful that I forgot what I came for but found undiscovered treasures like this Australian wine with Snoops face on it, had to grab it."

"Best liquor store hands down. Friendly staff. Huge selection. Curbside pickup and free delivery. What more can you ask for?! Thanks Applejack's!!"

"Friendly and helpful staff, great prices, great selection, 60 seconds off of I-70 exit so I would rather go here on my way home from the mountains than most stores in Denver proper closer to home."

"Applejack has always had an incredible selection, but recently I discovered how helpful their employees are! Chad has helped me tremendously in trying to find a white wine for my wedding. His knowledge of wine is simply captivating, and extremely down to earth! If you're looking for any sort of recommendation he is your guy."


Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State - Recipes

"Never been to this store before today. Was a lot bigger than I expected but it wasn't hard to find someone to help point us in the right direction. The staff here are pretty knowledgeable and gave us some good recommendations. They were all pretty friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. Prices are also very reasonable, so we will definitely be going back."

"Just stopped in for the flyer specials and actually had a great experience. The staff was super friendly, one guy I need to take with me jogging, he got me to all my request so fast I was blown away. The cashier was the best she made me so welcome that I can't wait to come back! Even the customers were extra friendly which was comforting to shop longer. The stock was plentiful that I forgot what I came for but found undiscovered treasures like this Australian wine with Snoops face on it, had to grab it."

"Best liquor store hands down. Friendly staff. Huge selection. Curbside pickup and free delivery. What more can you ask for?! Thanks Applejack's!!"

"Friendly and helpful staff, great prices, great selection, 60 seconds off of I-70 exit so I would rather go here on my way home from the mountains than most stores in Denver proper closer to home."

"Applejack has always had an incredible selection, but recently I discovered how helpful their employees are! Chad has helped me tremendously in trying to find a white wine for my wedding. His knowledge of wine is simply captivating, and extremely down to earth! If you're looking for any sort of recommendation he is your guy."


Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State - Recipes

"Never been to this store before today. Was a lot bigger than I expected but it wasn't hard to find someone to help point us in the right direction. The staff here are pretty knowledgeable and gave us some good recommendations. They were all pretty friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. Prices are also very reasonable, so we will definitely be going back."

"Just stopped in for the flyer specials and actually had a great experience. The staff was super friendly, one guy I need to take with me jogging, he got me to all my request so fast I was blown away. The cashier was the best she made me so welcome that I can't wait to come back! Even the customers were extra friendly which was comforting to shop longer. The stock was plentiful that I forgot what I came for but found undiscovered treasures like this Australian wine with Snoops face on it, had to grab it."

"Best liquor store hands down. Friendly staff. Huge selection. Curbside pickup and free delivery. What more can you ask for?! Thanks Applejack's!!"

"Friendly and helpful staff, great prices, great selection, 60 seconds off of I-70 exit so I would rather go here on my way home from the mountains than most stores in Denver proper closer to home."

"Applejack has always had an incredible selection, but recently I discovered how helpful their employees are! Chad has helped me tremendously in trying to find a white wine for my wedding. His knowledge of wine is simply captivating, and extremely down to earth! If you're looking for any sort of recommendation he is your guy."


Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State - Recipes

"Never been to this store before today. Was a lot bigger than I expected but it wasn't hard to find someone to help point us in the right direction. The staff here are pretty knowledgeable and gave us some good recommendations. They were all pretty friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. Prices are also very reasonable, so we will definitely be going back."

"Just stopped in for the flyer specials and actually had a great experience. The staff was super friendly, one guy I need to take with me jogging, he got me to all my request so fast I was blown away. The cashier was the best she made me so welcome that I can't wait to come back! Even the customers were extra friendly which was comforting to shop longer. The stock was plentiful that I forgot what I came for but found undiscovered treasures like this Australian wine with Snoops face on it, had to grab it."

"Best liquor store hands down. Friendly staff. Huge selection. Curbside pickup and free delivery. What more can you ask for?! Thanks Applejack's!!"

"Friendly and helpful staff, great prices, great selection, 60 seconds off of I-70 exit so I would rather go here on my way home from the mountains than most stores in Denver proper closer to home."

"Applejack has always had an incredible selection, but recently I discovered how helpful their employees are! Chad has helped me tremendously in trying to find a white wine for my wedding. His knowledge of wine is simply captivating, and extremely down to earth! If you're looking for any sort of recommendation he is your guy."


Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State - Recipes

"Never been to this store before today. Was a lot bigger than I expected but it wasn't hard to find someone to help point us in the right direction. The staff here are pretty knowledgeable and gave us some good recommendations. They were all pretty friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. Prices are also very reasonable, so we will definitely be going back."

"Just stopped in for the flyer specials and actually had a great experience. The staff was super friendly, one guy I need to take with me jogging, he got me to all my request so fast I was blown away. The cashier was the best she made me so welcome that I can't wait to come back! Even the customers were extra friendly which was comforting to shop longer. The stock was plentiful that I forgot what I came for but found undiscovered treasures like this Australian wine with Snoops face on it, had to grab it."

"Best liquor store hands down. Friendly staff. Huge selection. Curbside pickup and free delivery. What more can you ask for?! Thanks Applejack's!!"

"Friendly and helpful staff, great prices, great selection, 60 seconds off of I-70 exit so I would rather go here on my way home from the mountains than most stores in Denver proper closer to home."

"Applejack has always had an incredible selection, but recently I discovered how helpful their employees are! Chad has helped me tremendously in trying to find a white wine for my wedding. His knowledge of wine is simply captivating, and extremely down to earth! If you're looking for any sort of recommendation he is your guy."


Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State - Recipes

"Never been to this store before today. Was a lot bigger than I expected but it wasn't hard to find someone to help point us in the right direction. The staff here are pretty knowledgeable and gave us some good recommendations. They were all pretty friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. Prices are also very reasonable, so we will definitely be going back."

"Just stopped in for the flyer specials and actually had a great experience. The staff was super friendly, one guy I need to take with me jogging, he got me to all my request so fast I was blown away. The cashier was the best she made me so welcome that I can't wait to come back! Even the customers were extra friendly which was comforting to shop longer. The stock was plentiful that I forgot what I came for but found undiscovered treasures like this Australian wine with Snoops face on it, had to grab it."

"Best liquor store hands down. Friendly staff. Huge selection. Curbside pickup and free delivery. What more can you ask for?! Thanks Applejack's!!"

"Friendly and helpful staff, great prices, great selection, 60 seconds off of I-70 exit so I would rather go here on my way home from the mountains than most stores in Denver proper closer to home."

"Applejack has always had an incredible selection, but recently I discovered how helpful their employees are! Chad has helped me tremendously in trying to find a white wine for my wedding. His knowledge of wine is simply captivating, and extremely down to earth! If you're looking for any sort of recommendation he is your guy."


Liquor Prices Go Way Up in Washington State - Recipes

"Never been to this store before today. Was a lot bigger than I expected but it wasn't hard to find someone to help point us in the right direction. The staff here are pretty knowledgeable and gave us some good recommendations. They were all pretty friendly and we had no issues whatsoever. Prices are also very reasonable, so we will definitely be going back."

"Just stopped in for the flyer specials and actually had a great experience. The staff was super friendly, one guy I need to take with me jogging, he got me to all my request so fast I was blown away. The cashier was the best she made me so welcome that I can't wait to come back! Even the customers were extra friendly which was comforting to shop longer. The stock was plentiful that I forgot what I came for but found undiscovered treasures like this Australian wine with Snoops face on it, had to grab it."

"Best liquor store hands down. Friendly staff. Huge selection. Curbside pickup and free delivery. What more can you ask for?! Thanks Applejack's!!"

"Friendly and helpful staff, great prices, great selection, 60 seconds off of I-70 exit so I would rather go here on my way home from the mountains than most stores in Denver proper closer to home."

"Applejack has always had an incredible selection, but recently I discovered how helpful their employees are! Chad has helped me tremendously in trying to find a white wine for my wedding. His knowledge of wine is simply captivating, and extremely down to earth! If you're looking for any sort of recommendation he is your guy."