BC to study liquor in grocery stores
Oct 29, 2013 / 12:49 pm
The provincial government says it is committing to explore retail models that would allow grocery stores to sell beer and wine.
The ability to purchase beer and wine in grocery stores has been a popular theme among people responding to the current Liquor Policy Review.
Several other provinces have models that BC will examine and consider.
"I've heard strong support for liquor sales in grocery stores and the added convenience it would afford BC families," says John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for the Liquor Review Policy.
During an town-hall meeting in Kelowna last week several private liquor store owners opposed the idea claiming it would put them out of business.
"There's no doubt this would be a big shift in our province so we will be taking a thoughtful approach and carefully considering which model would work best for BC while taking into account all the concerns we've heard about the dangers of increased access to minors."
In Quebec, stores can sell domestic and imported beer as well as Quebec-bottled wine.
In Nova Scotia, government liquor stores have been opened within grocery stores while in Ontario, some provincial wineries are allowed to sell their wines either in freestanding stores or a store within a store of other host retailers.
Yap has been touring the province hosting public forums on Liquor Policy.
British Columbians have until Oct 31 to provide input on potential changes to BC's liquor policy.
Click here to provide input.
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