Ontario is expanding the sale of beer, wine and cider to almost 300 more stores this summer as part of Premier Doug Ford’s push to modernize liquor rules in the province. The government announced yesterday that it would permit more LCBO agency stores in underserviced areas and allow more grocery stores to sell booze. Finance Minister Vic Fedeli says some of the stores will open as soon as August. “By opening up more alcohol retail outlets across the province we are not only making life easier for people, we are enabling economic opportunities for hundreds of new businesses … and jobs across the province in the booming beer and wine sector,” Fedeli said.
The number of LCBO agency stores in underserviced areas, which will be rebranded LCBO Convenience Outlets, will rise to 60 in August, and up to 200 by spring 2020. Another 87 grocery stores will also be allowed to sell alcohol starting in September, bringing the total to 450 across the province.
Contains files from The Canadian Press and CTV News
Photo Credit: Vic Fideli via Twitter
Today, our government is taking the next step in fulfilling that promise by expanding sales of beverage alcohol to nearly 300 new retail outlets across Ontario – many opening this summer. https://t.co/ZGT9dcCG1i pic.twitter.com/peP8pB8SvT
— Victor Fedeli (@VictorFedeli) June 6, 2019