Small business in the newly-privatized wine and spirits business in WA state are struggling

PORT TOWNSEND — The source of the Christmas eggnog and champagne toasts for New Year’s is different this year.

Instead of a state-run package store, customers in Washington state buy their spirits in a supermarket or at a big-box wholesale store following implentation of voter-approved liquor privatization last June.

And there are fewer remnants of the old system.

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