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Local Retailers Still Grappling with New Liquor Law

Sticker Shock: The Cost of a Bottle Goes Up and Many Retailers Aren’t Listing Fees Upfront

Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 2:53 pm

The added convenience of being able to buy liquor at more places also brought additional costs and local retailers are now taking extra security measures to prevent theft of the expensive items.

Many customers thought spirits would cost less after the Washington State Liquor Control Board turned liquor sales over to the private sector on June 1, as mandated by voter-approved Initiative 1183. But customers are learning otherwise in the checkout lane.

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