TUMWATER, Wash. -- The Tumwater City Council passed a resolution to temporarily cap the number of retailers allowed to sell liquor in the city.
The six-month moratorium was passed by a 5-2 vote Tuesday night. After June 1, only seven existing retailers will be permitted to sell liquor -- the state-owned liquor store, Albertson’s, Costco, Fred Meyer, Safeway, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.
Under Washington's voter-approved initiative, stores larger than 10,000 square feet can sell hard alcohol. However, if an area is considered “underserved,” smaller retailers can qualify to sell liquor.
Tumwater's moratorium does not effect restaurants and bars.