PROVINCE: NO CAP ON BEER IN GROCERY STORES

Sep 18, 2015

By Bob Komsic

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When the premier’s advisory panel on government assets released its report earlier this year, recommendations included placing restrictions on beer sales at each grocery store to about $1-million a year.
The supermarket chains would be able to average volume sold across all its licensed stores.
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Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Friday the government will not impose ”stringent restrictions” on the amount of beer Ontario grocery stores will be able to sell.
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He says final plans for the updating of beer sales should be ready within weeks and will increase the amount available.
Sousa adds it would be up to the grocers who win licences to decide where to sell suds, saying the government won’t restrict them in terms of locations.
He stresses there’ll be sufficient and ample amount available once expanded sales become a reality and stores won’t have to worry about a quota.
The province intends to permit sales of six-packs in up to 450 supermarkets by 2018.
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