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Retailers Now Selling Booze In Washington

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SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) – Metropolitan Market in Queen Anne held a midnight party and dozens of people showed up early Friday to be the first to buy liquor from a private retailer.

Shoppers seemed to be in high spirits at the grocery store as TV cameras recorded them checking inventory and prices and taking their bottles to the check-out stand.

State liquor stores were closed under Initiative 1183, approved by voters last fall to dismantle Washington’s state-run liquor system.

The initiative allows stores larger than 10,000 square feet and some smaller stores to sell hard alcohol.

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