In order to implement Initiative 1183, Washington’s spirits and wine wholesale distributors are committing more than $100 million in preparation for the advent of spirits privatization – including creating more than 550 full-time jobs to sell, warehouse and deliver spirits and wine.

The jobs do not include those that will be created in retail liquor stores. 

“It is safe to conclude that if I-1183 holds up in the Supreme Court, there will be at least as many jobs in the spirits industry in Washington after it is implemented as there were before – and probably more,” said John Guadnola, executive director of the Washington Beer and Wine Distributors Association. 

The two largest spirits and wine wholesale distributors, Southern Wine & Spirits and Young’s Market Co., also are investing in logistics chains that will provide next day deliveries for restaurants, bars and retail stores virtually anywhere in the state.