Privatization hurting small Washington liquor stores

Privatization hurting small Washington liquor stores

Washington's liquor privatization is causing small liquor stores to lose business, and not only by walk-in customers who can now buy liquor at grocery stores.

What [Clearview Spirits and Wine owner Bonnie Roulstone], owners of other contract stores like her and buyers of state-owned stores through auction didn't expect is a requirement that they charge a 17 percent fee on sales to bars and restaurants.

That rule cost her significant business as restaurateurs switched to buy from distributors who are not required by the law to impose the fee. Now she's joined an alliance of small and large retailers, including Costco, to get lawmakers to erase the fee.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.

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