The ability to sell liquor near 23rd and Union sold at auction for $295,100 late last week. Beaverton, Oregon’s Michale Beraki purchased the rights for what could be the only CD liquor store south of Madison and north of Jackson.
Beraki still needs to negotiate a lease with building owner Tom Bangasser, who told CDNews he is interested in keeping a liquor store in the building. Beraki also won the rights to Store 74 in Lynnwood.
Washington State Liquor Store 182 has been hawking booze since 1993. The store sold $3,541,604 worth of booze in 2011. But as the state prepares to get out of the booze-selling business, it is selling one-time exceptions to a rule included in I-1183 that puts liquor sales almost entirely in the hands of large retailers. The Costco-funded and citizen-approved initiative requires that businesses applying to sell liquor be a minimum of 10,000 square feet. Store 182 is 4,347 square feet.
Grocery Outlet at MLK and Union is large enough to apply for a liquor license, but a manager told CDNews they are not pursuing a license at this time.
By winning the auction, Beraki can either open a store at the current location, open a store in a nearby location or sell the rights to open a liquor store to another party.