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May 14, 2012 01:49 PM

costco stores sell liquor in maryland?

any costco stores selling liquor in maryland?

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  1. No - I wish. In VA they sell wine and beer only. In Delaware sells liquor, beer and wine

    1. Costco stores cannot qualify for an alcohol license in Maryland.

      1. The liquor laws in Maryland are so outdated and restrictive IMHO. FoiGras

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        1. re: FoiGras

          The laws are even more restrictive in PA

          1. re: agarnett100

            Aren't the liquor stores in PA government controlled? Also, aren't there drive-through liquor stores in that state? FoiGras

            1. re: FoiGras

              Goldberg's Liquors on Ritchie Hwy in Baltimore has a drivethrough.

          2. re: FoiGras

            Will the new Costco in Mont. Co. even sell beer and wine? Trader Joe's does not, as they won't deal with County bureacracy, which has a monopoly on those products.

            1. re: GregJ

              @FoiGras - the liquor stores are state controlled like MC. I used to live in York County you could only get cold beer by the six pack from a bar and warm cases from a beer distributor. I had to google drive-through liqour store I guess they have those in certain areas.

              @GregJ - I hope the Costco opening in DC carries liquor, beer and wine

              1. re: GregJ

                @Greg J -To repeat, Costco is not eligible for an alcohol license of any kind in Maryland.

            2. A licensee may have one liquor license only in the state. In montco, liquor is only sold in county owned liquor stores while beer and wine can be sold in privately owned stores but again the one license per entity/owner still applies. In olney, the new Safeway is their only store in MD to sell beer and wine. Not sure if any Costco stores in MD sell any alcoholic beverages but technically they could have one store which could if outside of montco or beer and wine if in montco.

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              1. re: dining with doc

                @Dining with Doc "In olney, the new Safeway is their only store in MD to sell beer and wine." that not entirely true the Shoppers Food Warehouse in College on Route 1 has had a license for a few years to sell beer and wine. They bribed Sen. Ulysses S. Currie

                1. re: agarnett100

                  @agarnet100: SFW and Safeway are different entities under different ownership thus each is entitled to one license in the state of Maryland

                    1. re: dining with doc

                      That's an old chestnut, but it's false. The Shoppers was grandfathered in, but currently no other grocery stores are able to sell alcohol of any type. If the new Olney Safeway has it, I'd be very surprised.

                      I actually confirmed this with the state liquor board. Wegmans is trying to sublet part of one of their stores to a wine merchant and is getting a lot of pushback; I'm interested to see how that goes.

                      1. re: reiflame

                        The new Safeway was also grandfathered, sort of. The Safeway in White Oak was its grandfathered outpost, and Safeway was able to transfer the license to Olney. Good for me, since it is now my closest Safeway. Also,the competition between the new Safeway and the new Harris-Teeter is something fierce, so that they each have some crazy cheap specials.

                        1. re: pgreen

                          Actually, under MoCo law, only one store of any chain in the county may sell beer and wine. Thus, the Olney Safeway is the one that does so. Roots sells beer and wine but it is the only one of that two store chain that is in MoCo. Same for Dawson's Market. I am not sure which Giant, if any sells it. I don't buy wine from MoCo.

                        2. re: reiflame

                          They not only have beer and wine,it's a large department,not a step child.

                      2. re: agarnett100

                        The Greenbelt Co-op sells beer and wine seven days a week.

                        1. re: 4X4

                          Now if it they only sold better wine.

                      3. re: dining with doc

                        From what I've heard, the newest Harris Teeter in downtown Baltimore sells wine and beer, even on sunday's. Since I haven't been there as yet, I can't confirm whether this is true. FoiGras

                        1. re: FoiGras

                          The Baltimore Harris Teeter isn't downtown, it's in Locust Point (south of downtown). There's a liquor store next to the supermarket, with a door from the supermarket, but the liquor store has a different owner (at least in theory).

                          On an unrelated note, the Harris Teeter seems to have a very nice produce department.

                        2. re: dining with doc

                          DC works that way too - why only the Capitol Hill Safeway sells the hard stuff.

                          the whole East Coast has weird laws. I blame the Quakers. heck the Midwest Bible Belt city I grew up in now has 7 day a week availability and depending on the town 24-7. I always found it odd that in a town like DC or Balto (or Philly or NYC) where one stay out til all hours every day, one can't score something beyond beer or wine to enjoy at home.

                          1. re: hill food

                            Hill - that why I stock up at least twice a month on the hard stuff.

                            1. re: hill food

                              Blame the remnants of prohibition (and neo prohibition) and the lobbying power of the three tiered system. (oh, and the elected folks who are swayed by their arguments)

                              1. re: hill food

                                Some counties just don't want you to buy liquor. I stock up on booze when I go to NJ rather than pay the MoCo taxes.

                                Salt Lake City has armed police officers in the Alcohol Beverage Control stores, which are open from 10am to 5pm. Talk about a sobering experience.

                                1. re: GraydonCarter

                                  serious? oh that's clever of SLC. enforce the idea the hard cores have to start early in the day. hmmm a latte or some gin?

                                  1. re: GraydonCarter

                                    Graydon - you should stock up at the Delaware Costco no state tax on alcohol I usually stop on my way to NYC

                              2. Update the new Costco in DC does sell liquor, wine and beer at an insane discount. Example 750ml of Johnnie Walker Blue is $150.00. They sell premium liquor(Belvedere, Patron, Glenlivet, Grey Goose, Markers Mark etc) as well as Costco's Kirkland Brand.

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                                1. re: agarnett100

                                  Woohoo! So this is Costco's strategy to penetrate the DC area liquor market.

                                  1. re: dpan

                                    Not sure about all that but for $100 I can resupply my entire liquor cabinet

                                    1. re: dpan

                                      You betcha;and they're doing a land office business too. It's just a ten minute drive inside the DC line from Maryland, off the Beltway, with ample parking. And open Sundays 10:00 - 6pm.

                                      Costco has their own label 20-year Speyside Single Malt Scotch that I'm told is pretty good.

                                      1. re: crackers

                                        I picked up a bottle of Johnny Blue for $150 I think next time I will try the 20-year Speyside Single Malt Scotch. I have tried the Kirkland Vodka, Rum, Bourbon and Tequila before all of which are decent

                                    2. re: agarnett100

                                      I believe the Virginia Costco's also sell alcoholic products. Am I correct?

                                      1. re: skipper

                                        Yes. I know the Pentagon City Costco has a nice wine selection.

                                        1. re: skipper

                                          Virginia Costcos sell wine and beer, no distilled alcohol. That is a state monopoly and you can only buy them in state ABC stores.

                                          1. re: dpan

                                            Dan is correct VA Costco only sells beer and wine due to the ABC stores and VA monopoly on distilled spirits. DC and DE are the only Costco's in the Mid Atlantic that I know of that sell liquor

                                            1. re: agarnett100

                                              You can buy liquor at the Florida Costcos, but of course, that isn't the mid-Atlantic. Heck, in Missouri you can buy liquor at almost any drug store, gas station, grocery store--wherever. I expect many western states are like that. It's mostly in the original colonies that the liquor laws are goofy.

                                              1. re: flavrmeistr

                                                flavr - I'm a little embarrassed, but yes, around my parent's place I refer to these as a 'Booze 'n' Cruise' (and ammo and bait) in East STL they're even 24-7 drive-thru (Illinois' has city by city laws).

                                                we brought this up earlier, but I really do think the Mid-Atlantic laws are rooted in the early Puritan/Quaker/Calvinist no-funs.

                                                1. re: hill food

                                                  Heck, in Ohio they have drive through liquor stores :)

                                                  1. re: dpan

                                                    Ohio? wow, you have large numbers of Amish, Mennonites, Anabaptists and 'group one' Schmiedeleutichen Hutterite. ehh I suppose somebody has to cater to the kids during 'Rumspringa'

                                                  2. re: hill food

                                                    In Waldorf, MD back in the 70's and early 80's, they had at least one drive-in liquor store that served drinks out the window in big ol' styrofoam happy cups. Drive-up windows at package stores/bars are fairly common in Florida. For a few years in the late 70s, the drinking age was 18 and drinking and driving was legal, except on the interstate and the turnpike. In Jupiter, FL the bars still close at 6 a.m. And reopen 7 a.m. they simply lock the door for an hour, but patrons are allowed to stay inside and keep drinking.

                                                  3. re: flavrmeistr

                                                    flavrmeistr - Its the same way in the Costco in CA, AZ and in Mexico

                                                    1. re: agarnett100

                                                      There's an old family-run gas station/liquor store in Ijamsville on MD 75. Very handy combination. It might be a vestige of the old days, when that whole area was famous for producing high-quality rye whiskey. Most of the old roads bear the names of family distilleries.