SEATTLE — On Friday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will end its liquor store and liquor distribution operations. Resulting from the passage of I-1183, this means that liquor will be sold in newly licensed privately owned stores that have at least 10,000 square feet of retail space.
For Washingtonians of legal drinking age, that means liquor will be available in more places, like grocery stores.
But the new distribution laws have impact beyond new revenue for grocery retailers and access for Washington residents.
To explore this issues and meet our readers, the UW Election Eye crew will be convening a conversation at Seattle craft – cocktail pioneer Hazlewood in Ballard about what the passage of I-1183 means for retailers, residents, business owners and bartenders. Join us Friday, June 1, for happy hour (4-6pm) at 2311 NW Market St. (between N 24th Ave & N Ballard Ave).