Ontario looking to expand the sale of beer and wine to corner stores

Nov 16 2018, 3:45 am

The Ontario Government included beer and wine in its 2018 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.

According to the government, it is putting “Ontario consumers first by providing more choice and convenience.”

With that, the Ford government has announced it’s developing a plan to expand the sale of beer and wine to corner, grocery, and big-box stores, based on market demand.

That’s right – there may be more booze at grocery stores, as well as convenience stores in Ontario’s future.

As well, for those looking to make late-night booze runs are in luck, the provincial government announced the LCBO will soon be open from 9 am to 11 pm, seven days a week.

This move will allow the LCBO’s hours to align with the hours of private retail cannabis stores, which are set to open on April 1, 2019.

In addition to LCBO locations, The Beer Store and other authorized retailers such as grocery stores and agency stores will also be able to stay open during the new extended hours.

Additionally, the province says it will invite consumers, businesses and others to have their say on the rules for selling beer, cider, wine and spirits through a comprehensive review.

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-with files from Ainsley Smith

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