Province Upping Number of Stores To Sell Beer and Wine

Over 80 Grocers, 200 New LCBO Stores To Stock Store Shelves

The province has announced it is increasing the number of stores selling booze the same week it introduces legislation that would see a Beer Store deal dismantled.

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli says the province is expanding sales of beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages to nearly 300 new retail stores in Ontario; 87 of those would be existing grocery stores that would be permitted to sell the suds, bringing the number up to 450 grocers. It’s expected these locations would be stocking it on store shelves by September.

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Meanwhile, Fedeli claims the number of LCBO stores will be increased by about 200 locations in areas the province calls “underserved.” Locally, Everett, Oro Station, Sandy Cove, Shanty Bay and Utterson would get a new LCBO store under this announcement.

“Whether driving to the cottage or running errands, consumers across Ontario will now have more places to pick up beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages,” said Minister Fedeli. “Our government is committed to delivering greater choice and convenience to individuals and families, and this expansion is just the beginning.”

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On Monday, the Ford Government introduced legislation that would end a 10-year contract with the Beer Store around six years early, calling it a “sweetheart deal” made by the previous Liberal Government. Fedeli previously stated the legislation would carry language that would protect Ontarians from having to bear the financial brunt of any early cancellation penalties.