Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bevmo: Decent Selection, Knowledgeable Staff

Old picture.  They ARE open!

A fair number of local offerings!

John Jacob from Mischief & Dry Fly's Wheat Whiskey are here along with others

Price is obscured, Balvenie 21 is almost exactly what it was before privatization.
A few weeks ago, I visited the Bellevue Bevmo during it's grand opening. They took over the old WSLC site on 1100 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004.  It is almost twice as large as the old store, which is a good thing, because they stock beer and wine and cocktail party supplies as well.

I was impressed with how incredibly friendly and helpful everyone there was.  They have a fair selection of local brands as well.  Their prices are competitive.  It will be interesting to see how well they fair, when they are so close to Total Wine and More.  I think their friendly service and local selection will help them stand out.

From their press release:

Seattle, Wash. -- Oct. 30, 2012 –BevMo! (Beverages & More!), the ultimate neighborhood specialty beverage retailer, today announced it will open four more retail locations in Washington state in the communities of Bellevue, Northgate, Bellingham and Ballard. In addition to the three BevMo! locations that recently opened in Tacoma, Silverdale, and Tukwila, Seattle area residents in Bellevue, Northgate and Ballard will now be able to experience BevMo!’s unique and fun “one-stop” specialty beverage shopping experience in their own backyard. The new Bellingham location will be the first BevMo! store outside the greater Seattle vicinity. Both the Bellevue and Northgate stores will open this November with Bellevue opening November 9th followed by the Northgate BevMo! opening on November 16th.

About BevMo!
Satisfying customers since 1994 with 125 stores in Washington, California and Arizona, BevMo! is the ultimate specialty beverage retailer where beverage enthusiasts can discover the best selection of quality wines, spirits and beers, at great prices. BevMo! has garnered such prestigious awards as the Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award for Retailer of the Year (2006) The Tasting Panel Lifetime Achievement Award (2008) and most recently two American Business Awards (2012) for executive of the year and company of the year.
BevMo! makes shopping convenient, comfortable and fun. BevMo!’s knowledgeable, dedicated and welcoming team of experts can assist both enthusiasts and first-time buyers of wine, spirits and beer to discover something new. A one stop shop for everything beverage, BevMo! also offers so much more including specialty foods, cocktail mixers, cigars, glassware and bar accessories. BevMo! also has most of its products for purchase online, for delivery or in-store pick up. To find out more about BevMo!, please visit www.BevMo.com.

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