Who’s looking to sell hard booze in Eastlake?

According to SeattlePI.com, more than 850 stores in Washington have applied for a license to sell hard liquor under new rules put in place by the passage of Initiative 1183.

That initiative, passed by voters in November, gets the state out of the liquor sales business. Gone will be the state liquor stores. Now you’ll be able to buy hard booze at stores that receive a spirits license from the state.

So far, the only store in Eastlake to apply for a spirits license is Pete’s Super Market at E. Lynn and Fairview E. Pete’s application is “pending,” according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s website. Pete’s is known for its big wine selection. 

Vanessa Ho, writing at SeattlePI.com, says I-1183 “allows stores at least 10,000 square feet to sell vodka, gin and other spirits. There’s an exception for smaller stores, if no other store sells liquor in its ‘trade area.’ The state still needs to define that term.”