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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

March 10, 2014 at 6:03 AM

ESSB 5731 would help small, family liquor stores

Corporate America and high-paid lobbyists put a lot of pressure on our elected representatives. But if there’s one time when small, family-owned business owners need our representatives to work for us, this is it [“Senate passes bill that could reduce liquor prices,” Politics Northwest, March 6].

We own World of Wines, a wine shop in Redmond. Since the liquor privatization initiative two years ago, corporate America has moved into Washington and taken over the liquor industry. Prices have gone up, public safety has gone down and small, family-owned businesses like mine have gone out of business.

Although two other wine and liquor stores in Redmond have closed in the last year, we haven’t closed yet. ESSB 5731 would allow me to sell a limited amount of hard liquor made by other small businesses (mainly Washington craft distillers). If this bill doesn’t pass this session, I’ll end up closing my doors, and the loss of small bottle shops would have long-term ramifications to the small wineries in Washington state.

Allen and Janet Bechtel, Kathy Brunker, Redmond

Comments | More in Liquor | Topics: Allen and Janet Bechtel, ESSB 5731, Kathy Brunker

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