The LCBO has announced its expansion to approximately 200 new communities, with 150 new locations expected to open by December.
These new locations will be called “LCBO Convenience Outlets,” so that people can easily identify retailers in their community that offer a similar product assortment as LCBO stores.
Of the new store openings, 60 are expected to happen in the month of August.
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“By opening up more alcohol retail outlets across the province, we are not only making life easier for people, we are enabling growth and job creation in the province’s booming beer and wine industry,” said Ontario’s Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli, in a release.
The LCBO Convenience Outlet program provides access to alcohol to communities that do not otherwise have convenient access to an LCBO retail store. The LCBO currently has 209 Convenience Outlet (Agency Store) locations across Ontario.
In order to become a retailer, the LCBO will release a Request for Proposal for local retailers in the 200 newly identified communities.
All business applicants that meet the requirements will be entered into a lottery for each community and those selected will be eligible for Convenience Outlet authorizations.
“LCBO Convenience Outlets provide socially responsible access to beverage alcohol products from Ontario and around the world, and this expansion, along with the increased number of grocery outlets, is a welcomed opportunity to provide greater accessibility and convenience to our valued customers across the province,” said George Soleas, president and CEO of the LCBO, in a release.
Clement said that they are hopeful that the announcement may increase awareness over the summer, which would “definitely be appreciated by consumers province-wide.”