A new liquor store opens in West Valley City, ready to handle online sales — if the Utah Legislature OKs funds


Ribbon is minimize on West Valley Metropolis location, which is constructed to deal with a pilot program for on-line liquor gross sales.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A brand new state liquor retailer opens in West Valley Metropolis at 5432 West Excessive Market Drive, Suite F, on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, providing wine, liquor and refrigerated beer.

Utah has opened its first liquor retailer designed to let prospects order booze on-line and choose it up on-site — if the Legislature decides to fund the pilot program.

Officers for the state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Management minimize the ribbon Monday on the brand new liquor and wine retailer, in West Valley Metropolis’s Excessive Market Procuring Heart at 5432 W. Excessive Market Drive. The situation is supplied to deal with DABC’s pilot program, referred to as Click on ‘n’ Acquire — which can permit prospects to order liquor on-line and choose it up within the retailer.

This system’s launch depends on the Utah Legislature funding it on this yr’s price range. The DABC is asking for round $3.2 million to launch the pilot program. The price range has not but handed by way of the Legislature, whose common session ends Friday.

“Now we have per week left of the session, and we’re cautiously optimistic that we’ll achieve success with that funding,” mentioned Tiffany Clason, DABC’s govt director.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Tiffany Clason, govt director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Management, broadcasts the opening of a brand new state liquor retailer in West Valley Metropolis at 5432 West Excessive Market Drive, Suite F, on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, providing wine, liquor and refrigerated beer.

Clason mentioned the cash would go towards IT infrastructure to assist a strong e-commerce website with a safe cost system. As soon as the digital infrastructure is operating, the Click on ‘n’ Acquire program would launch on the West Valley retailer, in addition to between three and 5 current shops.

If the Legislature approves the funding, Clason mentioned, work on the digital infrastructure may begin in July — and, Clason mentioned, DABC hopes to launch the service in the summertime of 2023.

The brand new West Valley Metropolis location capabilities like every other state liquor retailer, so prospects can store for liquor, wine and higher-alcohol beers in individual. The shop even has refrigerated instances for beer — one thing many state liquor shops didn’t have for a few years.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A brand new state liquor retailer opens in West Valley Metropolis at 5432 West Excessive Market Drive, Suite F, on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, providing wine, liquor and refrigerated beer.

The situation, Clason mentioned, is anticipated to generate $3 million in gross sales the primary yr, and $300,000 in native gross sales tax income for West Valley Metropolis and Salt Lake County.

The brand new retailer additionally consists of, Clason mentioned, “a back-of-house space, in order that our workers can choose the merchandise for an order, after which field them up and place them in a particular place entrance of home — type of like a will-call space.”

Beneath the foundations for Click on ‘n’ Acquire, a buyer must stroll inside the shop to select up the acquisition — and retailer clerks must confirm that the client is identical one who made the order on-line.

As soon as the service is operating, Clason mentioned, “somebody may on their lunch break go browsing, place their order, work the remainder of the afternoon after which get off work, drive straight to the shop, go into the shop — however as a substitute of getting to attend in line, they will go to this particular pick-up space. They do the ID test — a secure ID has been established — then that buyer will have the ability to stroll away with their gadgets that they ordered.”

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A brand new state liquor retailer opens in West Valley Metropolis at 5432 West Excessive Market Drive, Suite F, on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, providing wine, liquor and refrigerated beer.

Gov. Gov. Cox orders Russian products removed from state liquor stores 


SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 26, 2022) — Gov. Spencer J. Cox has issued an government order requiring the Utah Division of Alcoholic Beverage Management to take away all Russian-produced and Russian-branded merchandise from its cabinets instantly.

“Russia’s ruthless assault on a sovereign nation is an egregious violation of human rights,” Gov. Cox stated. “Utah stands in solidarity with Ukraine and won’t assist Russian enterprises, irrespective of how small the change.”

Obtain a duplicate of Government Order 2022-03 right here.

Obtain a duplicate of this press launch right here.

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Cox orders all Russian products pulled from Utah liquor store shelves


Wine bottles are pictured at a state liquor retailer in Salt Lake Metropolis on Oct. 23, 2020. On Saturday, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox ordered all Russian-produced and Russian-branded merchandise to be pulled from the state liquor retailer cabinets. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret Information)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is ordering all Russian vodka to be pulled off of Utah’s state-run liquor retailer cabinets successfully instantly.

The governor issued the chief order Saturday taking down the Russian liquor merchandise in response to the invasion of Russian army forces into Ukraine.

“Russia’s ruthless assault on a sovereign nation is an egregious violation of human rights,” Cox stated in a press release. “Utah stands in solidarity with Ukraine and won’t assist Russian enterprises, regardless of how small the trade.”

Underneath the chief order, the Utah Division of Alcoholic Beverage Management should take away all Russian-produced and Russian-branded merchandise from its cabinets.

Russian liquor merchandise is not going to be bought till the governor points an order to rescind Saturday’s motion.

The manager order additionally requires the Governor’s Workplace of Financial Alternative to assessment different procurements by the state and Utah’s different financial relationships with Russia, he stated.

Different governors have taken related actions.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine directed the state’s Commerce Division to stop the acquisition and sale of Russian Commonplace, the one Russian vodka bought in Ohio. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed an govt order requiring state liquor retailers to take away Russian-made and branded alcohol.

In Canada, the Liquor Management Board of Ontario on Friday introduced that “all merchandise produced in Russia might be eliminated” from its channels, together with 679 of its shops throughout the province. It additionally promised to simply accept the return of any Russian merchandise and declared that it “stands with Ukraine, its folks, and the Ukrainian Canadian group right here in Ontario.”

Some bars and liquor shops throughout the nation are additionally pulling Russian vodka off their cabinets and selling Ukrainian manufacturers as a substitute as a potent approach to punish Russia for invading Ukraine.

“I awoke yesterday morning, and I noticed that Russia had invaded Ukraine. You marvel what you are able to do,” stated Bob Quay, proprietor of Bob’s Bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The U.S. clearly is placing on sanctions. I believed I’d placed on sanctions as nicely.”

So he rid his cabinets of the previous Soviet model Stolichnaya and began selling Ukraine’s Vektor. “We’ve an indication above it that claims: Help Ukraine.”

Quay stated he could by no means promote Russian merchandise once more. And he is taken one other step: “I’ve ordered a Ukrainian flag, and that might be going up subsequent week.”

Quay introduced the transfer on Fb, and “it blew up. We have folks coming in who’ve by no means been within the bar earlier than.”

Stoli, owned by the Russian-born tycoon Yuri Shefler, is definitely made in Latvia. On its web site, Stoli Group says it “stands for peace in Europe and in solidarity with the Ukrainian folks.″

The Southern Spirits liquor retailer in Indian Land, South Carolina, is doing a booming enterprise within the Ukrainian vodka Kozak after pulling Russian manufacturers off its cabinets.

“It is promoting out so much sooner than we thought,” stated basic supervisor Drew Podrebarac. “It has been superior.”

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Based on a information launch, all Russia-produced and Russian-branded merchandise can be faraway from DABC retailer cabinets till the order is rescinded.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Liquor management stoppers known as Bergs on new bottles on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 at Lake Impact cocktail bar in downtown Salt Lake Metropolis. On Feb. 26, Gov. Spencer Cox ordered the elimination of all Russian-branded merchandise from state liquor shops in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Gov. Spencer Cox issued an govt order on Saturday to take away all Russian-produced and Russian-branded merchandise from state liquor shops.

The chief order can even require the Governor’s Workplace of Financial Alternative to assessment state procurements for every other financial relationships with Russia, based on a information launch from the governor’s workplace.

Russia launched its assault on the Jap European nation early Thursday, and the governor condemned the assault in a Tweet posted from his official account earlier this week.

“Russia’s ruthless assault on a sovereign nation is an egregious violation of human rights,” Cox mentioned within the launch. “Utah stands in solidarity with Ukraine and won’t help Russian enterprises, irrespective of how small the change.”

Based on the order, Utah will take “no matter measures doable” to help the individuals of Ukraine, and Russian-branded merchandise is not going to return to state liquor shops till the order is rescinded.