Four Tacoma businesses sold alcohol to minors during compliance checks

November 3, 2011

OLYMPIA – On October 14, four Tacoma businesses failed liquor compliance checks conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) and the Tacoma Police Department. Officers checked 12 businesses for sales/service of alcohol to minors.

The four businesses were cited for selling alcohol to investigative aides working with officers.

Compliance checks
The WSLCB and local authorities regularly conduct compliance checks of area businesses licensed to sell alcohol. These businesses include restaurants, grocery stores, liquor stores, neighborhood markets, taverns, wine bars and sports/entertainment facilities. Compliance checks are proven tools to reduce the sale of alcohol to minors.

Investigative aides assist officers with compliance checks. These individuals are from 18 to 20 years old. They must either present their true identification or none at all if asked by a clerk.

Liquor enforcement officers are empowered to issue Administrative Violation Notices to businesses that fail compliance checks. Fines or temporary license suspensions can be issued depending on the severity of the infraction or the frequency with which a business has been cited.

Businesses that sold alcohol to a minor:

  • 7-Eleven Store, 8433 South Hosmer St.
  • 7-Eleven Store, 9450 Pacific Ave.
  • Hosmer Shell Food Mart, 8433 S. Hosmer St.
  • Park Avenue Foods, 7214 Park Ave.

Businesses that did not sell alcohol to a minor:

  • 72nd Street Chevron, 805 72nd St. E.
  • Apex Grocery and Gas, 1730 S. 72nd St.
  • ConocoPhillips Food Mart, 8424 Pacific Ave.
  • Handy Deli Grocery, 8711 Hosmer St. S.
  • Harmon Brewery and Restaurant, 1938 Pacific Ave. Suite A
  • HK Food Mart INC (Exxon), 7201 Golden Given
  • Hosmer 76 and Car Wash, 8235 S. Hosmer St.
  • Save-A-Lot, 9820 Pacific Ave.


The Washington State Liquor Control Board’s mission is to contribute to the safety and financial stability of our communities by ensuring the responsible sale, and preventing the misuse of, alcohol and tobacco. The WSLCB returned $425.7 million in Fiscal Year 2011 to fund essential state and local services.




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