Wine World is currently closed and is stating that it’s a temporary liquor license issue due to ownership transfer paperwork complications, but there are fiscal complications on top of that. Being closed at Christmas will of course not help.
Not only has there been trouble keeping the shelves stocked lately, but they’ve gone on record looking to sublet part of their space. I reached out to Brian Smith of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to get details on the license issue, who writes:
Wine World and Spirits, LLC applied for an application to assume a spirits retailer license located at 400 NE 45th Street in Seattle in December of 2014. During the application process it was discovered that a separate individual had purchased the business last spring (2015) and despite all of our attempts to license that individual they have yet to submit documentation regarding the acquisition of the business to prove their ownership. An enforcement officer met with the individual to explain the consequences of operating without a license and set a timeline for him to apply. He didn’t follow through despite our efforts.
There is also a pending license suspension for the spirits retailer license at this location(current licensee), they owe approximately $211,375.00 in spirits fees as of October of 2015.
This is all a shame as it’s a local business full of good people, and from a purely selfish standpoint they also had fantastic selection at one time (Ouzo 12!) They were never very practical though- we went in to buy wine glasses last Christmas, and they only had a few crazy-big glasses that they didn’t even have a box for. Then again, the fact that they weren’t a metric driven big-box retailer was part of the charm.
For wine and beer there are of course City Cellars and Bottleworks, or just plain old QFC. For spirits, the Shell gas station across from Dick’s is now selling them, although we haven’t checked out the selection yet. For larger liquor selection there’s the Bev Mo in Ballard and Northgate, or the liquor store at the QFC in U-Village. The liquor privatization game seems to be favoring corporations over small business, which I guess isn’t surprising as Costco paid for the ballot measure.