The Washington State Supreme Court gave the green light for Friday's transition to private liquor sales by rejecting a lawsuit Thursday that claimed I-1183 violated the state's constitution.
Opponents had claimed the initiative violated state law because it contained a provision to set aside funding for public safety. Michael Subit, the attorney who represented those who filed the lawsuit, told The Seattle Times the ruling effectively marks the end of opponents' efforts against the new law.
"There's nowhere to go from here. On the issue of the constitutionality of a state statute, the Washington Supreme Court is the final word," Subit told the newspaper.
Redmond's state-run liquor store . Jeffrey Roh, who in a state auction, told Redmond Patch last week that he is currently in negotiations with the building's landlord and hopes to re-open the store sometime in June.
Meanwhile, several Redmond stores have been granted spirits retailer licenses by the state liquor control board. Here's the most recent list of active and pending licenses (as of May 29), according to state records.Name Location Status State Liquor Store No. 33 16389 Redmond Way Pending Albertsons 3925 236th Ave. NE Active Bartell Drug 7370 170th Ave. NE Active Bartell Drug 8862 161st Ave. NE Active Cost Plus World Market 7214 170th Ave. NE Active Fred Meyer 17667 NE 76th St. Active Jacksons 11520 Avondale Road NE Pending QFC 15800 Redmond Way Active QFC 8867 161st Ave. NE Active QFC 23475 NE Novelty Hill Road Active Redmond Ridge Spirits 22310 NE Marketplace Drive Active Rite Aid 17220 Redmond Way Active Rite Aid 14880 NE 24th St. Active Safeway 17220 Redmond Way Pending Safeway 15000 NE 24th St. Pending Target 17700 NE 76th St. Active Trader Joe's 15932 Redmond Way Pending Whole Foods Market 17991 Redmond Way Pending