Seattle: Inside the liquor battle – who'd win, who wouldn't
on 22/09/10 at 8:06 amBooze News
Thousands of small players including wineries, breweries and liquor-store managers fear for their livelihoods if Initiative 1100 passes. At the same time, others welcome a more open market, and restaurants and bars support a measure they say would mean more variety and lower prices.
What worries Caleb Foster about Initiative 1100 is not that it would allow liquor to be sold in grocery stores and anywhere else beer and wine are available now.
He cringes at the parts of 1100 that would eliminate price controls, which currently make it illegal for large retailers such as Costco Wholesale to get better deals on wine and beer than a mom-and-pop store down the street can.
I-1100 “exclusively favors the success of massive companies whose model is discounts,” said Foster, who owns Buty Winery in Walla Walla with his wife, Nina Buty.