SPOKANE – Grocery stores across Washington State begin selling liquor for the first time Friday.
Stores stocked up on liquor the past few days prior, including, several in the Spokane area. A Seattle grocery store held a midnight party and dozens of people showed up to be the first to buy liquor from a private retailer.
State liquor stores were closed under Initiative 1183, approved by voters last fall to dismantle Washington's state-run liquor system.
The initiative allows stores larger than 10,000 square feet and some smaller stores to sell hard alcohol. However, it also adds fees to liquor prices to reimburse the state for millions of dollars of lost liquor revenue.