Renton Retailers Line Up for Liquor Licenses

Wal-Mart and Target are among the 25 stores that have applications pending to begin selling spirits in Renton.

As the , big-name retail chains are planning for the future by submitting applications to begin selling spirits in their stores.

Washington state voters last November, giving private retailers the authority to sell hard liquor for consumption off-premises. Businesses that apply for the new spirits retail liquor license must have at least 10,000 enclosed square feet of space, among other requirements

According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, stores that already sell beer and wine can add a spirits retail liquor license to their current license if they meet the requirements. The annual fee for the new license is $166.

Here is the list of the 24 Renton stores that submitted an application for a new retail spirits license:

  • 4th Street Wine and Spirits, 4820 NE 4th St.
  • Bartell Drugs, 4700 NE 4th St.
  • Bartell Drugs, 17254 140th Ave SE
  • Albertson’s, 4621 NE Sunset Blvd.
  • Albertson’s, 14215 SE Petrovitsky Rd.
  • Fred Meyer, 17801 108th Ave. SE
  • Fred Meyer, 365 Renton Center Way SW
  • QFC, 4800 NE 4th St.
  • Rite Aid, 17615 140th Ave. SE
  • Rite Aid, 601 S. Grady Way
  • Rite Aid, 3116 NE Sunset Blvd.
  • Saar’s Market Place, 3208 NE Sunset Blvd.
  • Safeway, 4300 NE 4th St.
  • Safeway, 200 S. 3rd St.
  • Safeway, 2725 NE Sunset Blvd.
  • Safeway, 17230 140th Ave. SE
  • Sam’s Club, 901 S. Grady Way
  • Target, 1215 N. Landing Way
  • Uwajimaya, 501 S. Grady Way
  • Viet Wah Asian Foods Market, 2820 NE Sunset Blvd.
  • Wal-Mart, 743 Rainier Ave. S.
  • Walgreens, 275 Rainier Ave. S.
  • Walgreens, 3011 NE Sunset Blvd.
  • Walgreens, 4105 NE 4th St.

More stores are expected to apply for the license in the coming months. Retail businesses that obtain licenses will be able to sell hard liquor beginning June 1, pending a possible appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court. 


TJ Kiltman Anderson March 21, 2012 at 07:52 PM
About TIME we got out of the 1930s.. I am looking forward to competitive pricing...I am tired of bending over without lube to the state liquor stores..not buyin another overpriced bottle from them.
Nathan March 23, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Actually, liquor taxes were unaffected by by 1183, so it's unclear how much the price you pay will change. In fact, liquor prices could go up. One distributor is already telling restaurants to expect a 30% increase. We've replaced a state monopoly with a corporate duopoly. One thing is clear - the amount of liquor sold will go up and the state will make more money after 1183 because they're still collecting tax on it. http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/clash-of-the-middlemen/Content?oid=12925576
rentonben March 23, 2012 at 04:42 PM
When the state sold booze, it made money with taxes, but also needed high margins to fund their inefficient operation. It's assumed that with competition that the profit margin will go down and booze will be cheaper - It's a pretty safe assumption given current micro-economic theory. I know my consumption will go up - the local state booze store was filled with such unpleasant workers that I found I could do without the nectar of Satan.
BigJ April 20, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Just what Renton needs.... more booze. I dodged a drunk yesterday on I-5. Hope your kids are so lucky. Costco and Walmart couldn't care less about anything but money.


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