Sunday, May 27, 2012

Washington Liquor Stores Going Dark in Transition to Private Sales

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

As the State of Washington prepares for its transition from government-controlled to private liquor sales on Friday, June 1, a number of Washingtonians found it difficult to fill their liquor cabinets this weekend.

This morning's New York Times reports that a number of state liquor stores had been unable to place any new orders since mid-May and "some shelves were already bare" as customers stocked up "as insurance against shortages or price increases."

“We’re going dry,” said Stacey Hoefner, one state-run liquor store operator.

For three days this coming week, the system will be in transition with more than 300 of the state's 331 liquor stores going dark.

But the Times also reports that the shortage is temporary. Come midnight June 1, retailers, lincluding large grocery stores, will be allowed to stock their shelves with liquor.

After the transition, Idaho will be one of only seven states left with a state-run monopoly on retail liquor sales.

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