The Westwood Village liquor store in West Seattle will shut down on May 29 as a state-run operation. Employees have not heard from new owner on whether he plans to reopen the space as a liquor store.
UPDATE: Westwood Village liquor store in limbo as closing/reopening dates approach
UPDATE June 1
The liquor store at Westwood Village has posted a sign stating they open today beginning at 12 noon.
Original Post May 25
May 29 (Tuesday)is the day state liquor stores in West Seattle will officially shut down. While it’s known Leon Capelouto will reopen the Alaska Junction store in Capco Plaza on June 1, the plans for Westwood Village are still a mystery.
Ankur Patel won the bid for the Westwood location ($300,100), according to the Liquor Control Board, but employees at the store said they haven’t heard from him in months and have no idea when, or if, Patel plans to reopen.
While the Westwood staff said nearly everyone there has landed a new job – either at the Alaska Junction store or elsewhere – at least one employee said he is hoping to hear from Patel to find out if he can continue to work when liquor goes private.
The Herald has reached out to Patel for comment and this story will be updated if/when we hear back.
During the two day lull in local spirits access, the SODO liquor store at 2960 4th Ave S. confirmed they will be open through 9 p.m. on May 31.
For more information on what to expect on June 1, please check out the Herald story “Area grocery stores prepping for liquor sales.”