a true gem of our town
Congratulations to the Larkins! They deserve all the success they are having.
Elevating Pittsburgh to be classier than a Batman at Jacks. Hush now haters
Elevating Pittsburgh to be better than Batmans at Jacks, thank you.
You fail to explain why prices in Washington went up. The legislature added 27% in new fees to the already highest liquor taxes in the country. Nor did you mention that their High Beer Tax went down 291%. Privatization did not cause prices to go up. In fact, there are some stores that 3 years later are still at or below the old state store prices, that is what free market competition can do.
As for selection here is a 2012 Washington State Price list (http://liq.wa.gov/publications/liqpurchasing/Price%20Book/MAY%202012%20PRICE%20LIST.pdf) it has about 50 varieties of bourbon and about 70 varieties of Scotch listed. Here is the selection from one of the 10 Total Wine & More stores in Washington (http://www.totalwine.com/eng/categories/spirits) They have 289 varieties of bourbon and 381 varieties of Scotch. There are well over 30 such superstores in Washington, each with more selection in one store than what was available in the entire state.
You are just wrong, selection "did not start to erode" it has increased dramatically.
The PLCB has an effective markup of 45.2% and that is going up a bit from the newly imposed fees passed this month. The wholesale tax is 15% which alone will bring in more revenue than the current state store system does. That leaves the question if a private business can work within the remaining 30.2% of margin without raising prices. For higher volume stores that is certainly possible, for lower volume stores perhaps not. It is not the governments job to control retail prices to make sure everything everywhere costs the same any more than it is their job to make sure you have equal access to French cheese.
If you need verification of ANYTHING in this post I can provide it - I deal in facts not generalized statements.
Free enterprise works. Just look at everything else you buy.
I can have wonderful conversations and delicious cocktails without being a card carrying show off. Keep LA out of Pittsburgh
Can I bring my Chili's To-Go inside when I get my membership?
Very embarrassing for everyone involved, so 2008. Bleh
"It's not based off salary or status," says DeSimone.
And yet on their Become a Member site, "Annual Salary" is a required field to submit.
Ironic that there would be far more craft brewing and distilling in the state if we didn't have the PLCB to begin with. Craft distilling is up over 83% in Washington, craft brewing over 30% AFTER they privatized. More reasons we don't need the state telling consumers what legal product they are allowed to have.
Cherry Heering was probably my first alcoholic drink. We used to sneak it out of my neighbors basement bar in Bridgeville when we were ten or so and act like Big Dogs. Haven't heard of it in 50 years, but I'm gonna' stock up now. Thanks.
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The political coalition against privatization includes more than just allies of the union. For example, it also includes representatives of rural areas where private entities either would not locate a store at all, or would only locate a store with less selection and higher prices. In that sense the state store system is subsidizing those rural areas, and their local representatives do not want to give up those subsidies.
Giant Eagle and other grocery stores can use a certain type of license to sell beer and wine in an attached cafe. I believe all of Wegmans, Weis, Giant, and Sheetz have also done that in one or more stores, and more are looking at it. I believe the main problem, though, is that you have to allow in-store consumption, and that raises all sorts of cost and liability issues which serve as a practical barrier to more grocery stores wanting to do it.
AMEN on privatization. The only thing standing in the way of the system providing more revenue by private ownership of stores is the union for the people who work there. The whole system is a joke. Why can't every grocery store sell beer and wine - only Giant Eagle? Something is wrong here!
One needs to ask why it has taken 2 and 3 years to remodel stores if they are doing it in the most efficient way possible? If you doubt look into the Mountaintop store which took 2 years or the one in Lebanon that is well over 3 years.
Of course, at the current rate all the stores won't get done for over 50 years which is longer than it took to move from counter stores to self service (36 years) or to decide to finally take credit cards (15 years).
If you want real modernization you want total privatization.
I cant wait until arsenal starts bottling!
Quick correction, the molecular demo and party is Sunday night now.
is that beautiful wall mural there still? its right when you walk in with a woman walking down a nola street
Don't forget Laurel Highlands Meadery!
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