Red Apple, QFC apply to sell liquor

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With the recent passage of Initiative 1183, Washington’s grocery stores are rushing to apply for new liquor licenses which will allow them to sell spirits. Beacon Hill’s Hilltop Red Apple Market and the nearby Rainier Valley QFC are no exception; both stores have recently filed “added/change of class/in lieu” applications to be classified as spirits retailers, along with their existing beer/wine licenses.

If you want to comment to the state Liquor Control Board about either of these applications, email The Red Apple license number is 350969, and the QFC license number is 353298.

8 thoughts on “Red Apple, QFC apply to sell liquor”

  1. Yes, Beacon Hill is simply awash in liquor. You can’t walk ten feet without encountering the demon rum.

    Back on Earth now, let me say that I think this is great. And about sixty years overdue.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly even though I am not a big consumer of liquor. Prohibition era nonsense is over; this is a great for BH. Choice is great thing.

  3. I actually voted against the liquor initiative partially because I’d been led to believe that a lot of the smaller grocery stores, like Red Apple, would be too small to get a license. So, I’d actually relieved to know that I was wrong.

  4. I voted against the liquor initiative because I like choice, selection, and community safety. I can’t imagine that Red Apple will carry my favorite Oregon gin (fingers crossed, though, I guess). I can imagine that having hard alcohol in grocery stores will make booze more available to local teens.

  5. Sara The punishment for selling to teens, or buying to teens is very high. I doubt the numbers will change. If kids want alcohol now they will find a way.

  6. Sara, I voted *for* the liquor initiative because I like exactly those same things. I’m certain that, following an initial period of chaos as the systems get set up, we’ll have more choice and selection and there will be no measurable impact on community safety.

    I do wish smaller stores were allowed so we could see places like San Francisco’s D&M Liquors, which is the size of a convenience store but stocks nothing but scotch and brandy. But at least we won’t be dealing with the state system, where much of the individual store inventory was determined by what the bars and restaurants were ordering by the case and not by the popularity of retail bottle sales.

  7. (I also voted for the initiative because I believe it will generate more revenue for the state, but that’s beside the point.)

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