“Here is the precious fluid,” Mohamed laughs, showing me around the store. He holds up a two-liter plastic bottle of Coke.So do you think the only thing the customers are buying at the sugar-tax-free store is soda pop? I think not! So the business loses more than just soda sales. They lose EVERYTHING.
He once sold it for $2.79. Now it is $4 — a 43 percent increase, due to the city’s new tax on sugary beverages that went into effect Jan. 1.
“The customer — they look at the price and then they don’t even talk to you,” Mohamed said. “They just walk away.” The reason is that a couple hundred feet away, and around the corner of Southwest Roxbury Street, sits a Bartell Drugs. It’s just 15 feet outside the city limits. And spelled out on its main marquee is one source of Mohamed’s problem: “GET YOUR DRINKS HERE,” it reads. “NO SUGAR TAX.”
Friday, February 9, 2018
Seattleites making a run to the border for … Coke?
Why is this a surprise? Did the city council think it would happen any other way?