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Big-Name Bellevue Retailers Line Up for Liquor Licenses

Bartell Drugs and Target are among the stores that have applications pending to begin selling spirits.

As the legal battle over liquor privatization rages on, big-name retail chains are planning for the future by submitting applications to begin selling spirits in their stores.

Washington state voters last November, giving private retailers the authority to sell hard liquor for consumption off-premises. Businesses that apply for the new spirits retail liquor license must have at least 10,000 enclosed square feet of space, among other requirements

According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, stores that already sell beer and wine can add a spirits retail liquor license to their current license if they meet the requirements. The annual fee for the new license is $166.

In Bellevue, Bartell Drugs, Fred Meyer, Target and Cost Plus World Market have recent pending applications for spirits retail licenses, according to the liquor control board's online list. No non-contract stores in Bellevue have yet been approved.

Here is the list of applicants, as of March 21:

                            10300 NE 8TH ST               #023                              2041 148TH AVE NE             #13                 15751 NE 15TH ST                                      4989 LAKEMONT BLVD SE         10116 NE 8TH ST               3550 FACTORIA BLVD SE         15600 NE 8TH ST STE K1        2636 BELLEVUE WAY NE          1502 145TH PL SE              120 106TH AVE NE                                             3905 FACTORIA SQUARE MALL SE                                 15100 SE 38TH ST                                        300 BELLEVUE WAY NE                                     3903 FACTORIA SQUARE MALL SE                            1645 140TH AVE NE                                       4053 FACTORIA SQ MALL SE      TOTAL WINE & MORE 699 120TH AVE NE UNIT B                                 699 120TH AVE NE              #03662                             647 140TH AVE NE             

More stores are expected to apply for the license in the coming months. Retail businesses that obtain licenses will be able to sell hard liquor beginning June 1, pending a possible appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court. 

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