Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Total Wine Reveals First Washington Location

(by Shanken News Daily) Total Wine & More will open its first Washington state store in Bellevue in late June, following the state’s privatization of spirits sales on June 1. The new 30,000-square-foot outlet will be Total Wine’s 81st, located at 699 120th Avenue (formerly Larry’s Market) in Wilburton Crossing. It will feature a climate-controlled wine cellar for rare selections, a walk-in humidor for fine cigars, as well as space for private tastings, consumer education courses, community meetings and special events.

Total Wine has been rumored to be scouting up to 10 Washington locations covering cities like Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Vancouver. Its Washington entry will see it take on mega-retailer Costco—the driving force behind the state’s privatization initiative—as well as fellow chains like BevMo, which has announced two summer store openings of its own, in Tacoma and Silverdale, respectively.

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