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July 24 Marks First Sunday Liquor Store Sales in Washington

July 20, 2005 08:00 PM
More than 30 stores operated by contract agents set to open this coming Sunday WASHINGTON, DC – Starting on July 24, for the first time since prohibition, contract liquor stores in Washington State will be able to open on Sunday, from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. “Washington joins a growing number of states modernizing their marketplaces by rolling back Blue Laws like Sunday spirits sales bans,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy, whose organization lobbied aggressively in support of the change. “For years, Washington consumers have been able to purchase beer and wine on Sunday, while the sale of spirits in its state-run system remained prohibited. Consumers and tourists will no longer be inconvenienced by this Prohibition-era Blue Law,” he added. The new law was approved this year by Governor Christine Gregoire and the Washington legislature. Under the legislation, the Washington Liquor Control Board can open up to 20 of the state’s 161 liquor stores for spirits sales on Sunday, beginning Sunday, September 4. In addition, the 158 stores operated by contract agents may open for business at their discretion, starting Sunday, July 24. Washington is one of a growing national trend of states re-examining the rationale behind outdated Sunday sales prohibitions and other Blue Law restrictions as a way to benefit consumers while at the same time raising much needed revenues.  In the past three years alone, 11 other states have rolled back their Blue laws bringing the total – with Washington – to 33 states that permit Sunday liquor sales. Following are all the stores, at press time, that are planning to be open this coming Sunday. Please call individual stores for more information. Reporters/editors can also check with their local stores to see if they will be opening. Buckley 177 River Ave S Buckley 360-829-0660 Cashmere 342 Sunset Highway Cashmere 509-782-3496 Cle Elum 705 E First Street Cle Elum 425-333-4145 Coulee City 9944 Highway 2 East Coulee City 509-632-5504 Coupeville 306 N Main Coupeville 360-678-5511 Duvall 15729 Main St NE, Ste B Duvall 425-788-2169 Granite Falls 105 S Granite Granite Falls 360-691-4444 Spokane-Greenacres E 18309 Appleway Greenacres 509-926-6445 Hunters 4983 Hwy 25 Hunters 509-722-3211 Ilwaco 108 Spruce St W Ilwaco 360-642-2413 La Conner 102 Morris St La Conner 360-466-1828 Langley 221 2nd St #9A Langley 360-221-4520 Long Beach 800 S 8th & Pacific Hwy Long Beach 360-642-2583 Maple Falls 7785 Silver Lake Rd Maple Falls 360-599-1056 Mossyrock 254 E State St Mossyrock 360-983-3511 Newport 308 S Wash Ave Newport 509-447-4224 Northport 208 Center Northport 509-732-4495 Orcas 8368 Orcas Rd Orcas 360-376-6008 Pateros 164 Pateros Mall Pateros 509-923-2622 Pe Ell 103 Main St Pe Ell 360-291-3531 Point Roberts 145 Tyee Rd Point Roberts 360-945-2622 Grand Mound 19947 Old Hwy 99 Rochester 360-273-6748 Rockford S 3 First St Rockford 509-291-4601 Roslyn 101 Pennyslvania Roslyn 509-649-2210 Skykomish 148 5th Street N Skykomish South Bend 916 1/2 Robert Bush Dr South Bend 360-875-5331 Spanaway 18707 Pacific Ave Spanaway 253-847-7211 Sprague 201 W 1st Sprague 509-257-2681 Springdale W 203 Shaffer Springdale 509-258-4577 Steilacoom 1310 Commercial St Steilacoom 253-584-4177 Sultan 312 Main Street Sultan 360-793-0777 Sunnyside 416 E Edison Ave Sunnyside 509-837-5445 Twisp 102 Methow Valley Hwy 20 #D Twisp 509-997-2365 Washougal 1803 E Street Washougal 360-835-2883 Westport 733 N Montesano St Westport 360-268-9550 CONTACT: Public Affairs Department Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:
 

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