Sound Off for October 31st: Have you been buying your booze in Idaho since I-1183 went into effect?
There's a new place to get liquor in Idaho and it's all a direct result of a new Washington law.
Back in June, Initiative 1183 shifted liquor sales from state run to private.
This change has had many Washingtonians crossing the border to get their bottles of booze for a cheaper price.
Since 1183 went into effect, one state-run liquor store in Post Falls saw sales jump by as much as 60%.
In a typical year, they sell $6-Million dollars in liquor. They were on pace to sell $10-Million worth in 2012.
The massive increase is why Idaho opened up a new State Line store just two weeks ago.
"We have been somewhat overwhelmed in the change in market conditions as a result of the passage of 1183 in Washington," Jeff Anderson, the director of Idaho's Liquor Division, said.
It's actually the first liquor store opened in at least three years in all of Idaho. "With this change in consumer buying patterns, it became apparent we really needed to provide relief to that Post Falls store," Anderson said.
In the hour KXLY 4 crews were at the state line store, at least 75% of the cars actually had a Washington license plate.
Since 1183 went into effect, have you been making a run for the border for your booze? Or do you like that you can just grab a bottle at the grocery store?
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