More liquor likely on the Sammamish Plateau

April 2, 2012

By Caleb Heeringa

New: April 2, 3:47 p.m.

Sammamish residents could have five times as many options for buying booze in the city under the newly privatized liquor system.

QFC, Safeway, Rite Aid and Bartell Drugs in Sammamish have all applied for licenses to sell hard alcohol. If approved, the stores would be able to sell liquor starting June 1. Brian Smith, spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board, said there will not be a formal public comment period for the four locations, since they already have valid licenses to sell beer and wine.

The state is also auctioning off the right to take over operation of its current Sammamish liquor store, at 510 228th Avenue, near Safeway. As of April 2, the bidding was at $4,050. The auction is scheduled to end April 20.

Brian Smith, spokesman for the Washington State Liquor Control Board, said the bidding is simply for the right to sell liquor from the location, which is less than the 10,000 square feet in floor space normally required to sell liquor under Initiative 1183, which was approved by voters last November. The winner will still have to work out a lease with the property management company and determine what kind of store to operate.

“It could be a convenience store, or it could be some sort of specialty store or it could be nothing at all,” Smith said.

To enter your own bid, or check the status of the bidding, visit http://liq.wa.gov/retail/auctions and follow the links. The Sammamish store is No. 119.

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