Private liquor sale convenience comes with higher price tag

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by Shawn Chitnis & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 1 at 5:21 PM

SPOKANE-- Liquor sales began at private retailers across Washington State Friday. The new convenience also brought a potential rise in prices.

The price at grocery stores versus what you paid at state-owned shops from a couple months back is different, but not always more expensive.   Leaders of local chains say it’s a convenience you should prepare to pay more for.

Friday we checked three popular spirits and compared the price inside Rosauers against what was listed inside state stores in April.

For a 750 milliliter bottle of Smirnoff vodka, the shelf price was cheaper Friday than it was a couple months ago even when you add taxes.   

For Bacardi rum the price Friday was more than what the liquor board charged. The new taxes are also more, bringing the new total higher than what you paid back in April.

Jack Daniels whiskey was cheaper at the state store, as were the taxes. You’ll pay slightly more in a retail store. 

Customers we talked to outside grocery stores had more of an opinion on private liquor sales in general rather than the higher price because of the new law.
   

 

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