Following Passage Of 1183, Local Liquor Stores Start To Close - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Following Passage Of 1183, Local Liquor Stores Start To Close

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two state run liquor stores close their doors today for the final time as the beginning of June will mark the start of a new chapter for liquor sales in the state of Washington. The two stores closing Tuesday include the location at 29th and Grand and the one at Wellesley and Belt.

All of this comes after the passage of 1183 back in November of last year. The last day the state will be in the liquor business is June 1st. Statewide around 1000 employees will be out of work including five to six in the location at the Manito Shopping Center. Because of the new taxes, distribution costs and rules, the price of liquor across the state may increase significantly, at least for the short term. The employees at the South Hill location said that normally a multimillion dollar business take years to shut down, but now come June 1st, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will be forced to stop in just six months.  

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