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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Great News for Frizzelle: State Standardizes Liquor Store Hours!

Posted by on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 4:58 PM

New, standardized hours of operation at state liquor stores means The Stranger's very own Christopher Frizzelle no longer needs to be sober to plan his extensive booze-purchasing activities. Starting July 1, all 166 locations will now be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 58 state liquor stores will be open Sundays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., including the one just down the street from Frizzelle's home and office.

According to Frizzelle, he generally sleeps between midnight and 8:15 a.m. each night, a sleep pattern that conveniently overlaps with the liquor stores' off hours, leaving less than 5 waking hours a day (11 on Sundays) during which he might inadvertently stumble across a closed liquor store. That's less than 10 percent of Frizzelle's waking hours each week during which he can't buy liquor, some of which time is presumably devoted to eating, drinking, pooping, pissing, fucking, bathing, and occasionally writing stuff for The Stranger.


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emma's bee 1
Touché, Goldy!
But....what about snowstorms and holidays? eh?
Posted by emma's bee on June 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM · Report this
Westlake, son! 2
Great news!
Posted by Westlake, son! on June 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM · Report this
OuterCow 3
<10% doesn't equal peace of mind. As a former Michigander who fondly remebers being able to purchase liquor until 11:59pm 7 days a week, these hours are better, sure, but they still leave me somewhat on edge.

That edge could be eliminated with legal MJ though.
Posted by OuterCow on June 22, 2011 at 5:13 PM · Report this
The Wretched Harmony 4
Now we just need the government to set the same hours for every other kind of store in the state. Think of all the benefits of a state monopoly we're missing. It's chaos out there.

Why do we let private businesses sell things, anyway?
Posted by The Wretched Harmony on June 22, 2011 at 5:16 PM · Report this
starsandgarters 5
This is Goldy's best work ever.
Posted by starsandgarters on June 22, 2011 at 5:23 PM · Report this
Fnarf 6
1/3 of the stores will be closed on Sunday. That's not standardization. Holiday hours? No mention.

There is absolutely no reason on earth why liquor stores shouldn't be open 9 AM to midnight 365 days a year. Or whatever the private store owner thinks is best (even if it's less).
Posted by Fnarf on June 22, 2011 at 5:37 PM · Report this
How did you get less than ten percent of his waking hours each week? Because I got over a third. Unless he's somehow awake for more than fifty hours a day (110 on Sundays).
Posted by Ben on June 22, 2011 at 6:26 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 8
@6 if man was meant to drink all the time, we wouldn't have invented the Bible and women and stuff.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on June 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 9
How about 9am to 2am, every day?
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on June 22, 2011 at 6:54 PM · Report this
The whole notion of hours being driven by things other than demand is silly. Why should it be a fucking political battle to a get a store to sell a product during times people are willing to exchange money for it.

I'd have a lot more sympathy for state stores if they were run more like businesses and less like some half-ass public service.
Posted by giffy on June 22, 2011 at 8:47 PM · Report this
Just for the sake or argument, here, let's assume that alcohol is not a food item. How many other retail establishments are open after 9pm on weekdays and 10pm on weekends? This seems like a pretty standard retail setup. With the exception of 24 hour big box stores, everything shuts down around the same time. If you really can't get liquor in the 65-70 hours per week that the liquor stores are open, tough it up and buy beer. Bitches.
Posted by no catchy name on June 22, 2011 at 9:11 PM · Report this
in-frequent 12
Just for the sake of argument, here, let's assume that alcohol is not alcohol.
Posted by in-frequent on June 22, 2011 at 10:58 PM · Report this
michaelp 13
And this is only if he wants to buy liquor at the liquor store. There are plenty of establishments that will gladly sell him booze right up to his bedtime.
Posted by michaelp on June 23, 2011 at 8:48 AM · Report this
In California I can buy vodka just about any day I want between about 6am and 2pm. That includes all state holidays because Safeway is literally open all the time! And should I need a liter of Jack on Christmas day, I don't have to rack myself with guilt about making potentially Christian Safeway employees work on Christmas because I also live near an AWESOME Muslim owned liquor store. This is all in San Francisco, which is not short on artisan beers, but actually awash in microbreweries and has two more widely available beer brands produced inside it's diminutive city limits (that are actually on land).
Posted by LukeJoe on June 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM · Report this
And that's another thing about private liquor sales. We San Franciscans can choose to buy liquor and support small immigrant owned businesses at the same time.
Posted by LukeJoe on June 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 16
"All 166 locations...."

That's the real number on which to focus. It is far too small of a number.
Posted by Sir Vic on June 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM · Report this
I think the state liquor stores are ridiculous, but I just can't get that worked up over it.
Posted by ian on June 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM · Report this

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