OLYMPIA - On Oct. 26, 2012, three Pullman businesses failed liquor compliance checks conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB). Officers checked 13 businesses for sales/service of alcohol to minors.
The three businesses were cited for selling alcohol to investigative aides working with officers. Two of the failed compliance checks were for selling beer or wine. One of the three licensees - Dissmore’s IGA - failed their compliance check by selling spirits to WSLCB investigative aides.
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:
- Dons Midway Grocery, 640 NE Maiden Lane #6
- Dissmore’s IGA, 1205 Grand Ave
- Jin’s Mart, 500 Grand Ave S
Businesses that did not sell alcohol to a minor:
- WalMart #1870, 1690 SE Harvest
- Safeway #2639, 430 SE Bishop Blvd
- Zeppoz, 780 SE Bishop Blvd
- Sunset Mart, 1455 SE Bishop Blvd
- 2Go Tesoro #62160, 770 Grand Ave N
- Cougs Corner Mart, 1960 NE Terre View
- The Zzu Bar and Grill, 1525 NE Merman Dr
- Corner Market, 600 Colorado St NE Suite 102
- Stubblefields, 600 Colorado St NE
- Valhalla, 1000 NE Colorado St
The Washington State Liquor Control Board’s mission is to promote public safety by consistent and fair administration of liquor laws through education, voluntary compliance, responsible sales and preventing the misuse of alcohol and tobacco.