Idaho is the fastest growing state in the entire United States of America and here in the Treasure Valley where most of that growth is taking place, we have the exact same number of liquor stores as we had 10 years ago.

With liquor stores there's always debate and politics involved.  Will more stores add up to more consumption?  Well, yes because we have way more people, but overall consumption per person is really not the responsibility of the state.  It's hard to imagine that putting up two more stores with the population growth we've had will be the cause of this type of issue.  If people are going to drink, they're going to drink.  If they're going to drink too much, they're going to find a way to drink too much.

According to KTVB, there's a lot of liquor stores in Ada County but when you head west they drop off significantly.  A lot of houses are being built, a lot of people are moving in, schools, grocery stores, and more are going up but the option to head out to a convenient liquor store has not been an option.

The Director of Idaho's State Liquor Division Jeff Anderson, with a recommendation from Gov. Butch Otter, is lobbying for lawmakers' approval to add two new stores which is a request that was denied last year.  The areas being targeted for new stores are south Boise, west Meridian, and east Nampa.  We'll keep you posted on what happens.

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