We are four weeks away from June 1, that nebulously ominous or exciting date when liquor sales as we know them undergo an overnight transformation. The state Liquor Control Board has been flooded with applications from Targets, QFCs, and Safeways, and (obviously) Costco. Big booze box BevMo! recently announced it will open stores in Tacoma and Silverdale.
Now Bellevue is getting a liquor superstore of its own. Delaware-based chain Total Wine and More has announced plans to open in the former Larry’s Market location at 699 120th Ave. The 30,000-square-foot space will start plying Eastsiders with the drink in late June.
As the name suggests, Total Wine and More isn’t just a place to pick up handles of Smirnoff. The company bills itself as the nation’s largest independent retailer of fine wines, with a selection of more than 8,000 (along with 3,000 types of spirits and 2,500 beers). The Bellevue store, the company’s 81st location, will have a walk-in humidor, climate-controlled storage for rarer bottles, and a space for tastings.