LCBO to start selling liquor in select grocery stores by end of 2014
Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014 2:14PM EDT
Buying booze in Ontario may soon get a bit more convenient, as the provincial government announced Tuesday it intends to open "LCBO Express" kiosks in a handful of grocery stores by the end of 2014.
The Express locations will carry a range of the LCBO's best-selling beer, wine and spirits, a government statement said.
The LCBO will be accepting proposals from interested retailers up until May 9.
Stores hoping to host the provincial liquor vendor, however, will have to be quite large, as the government says retailers must be able to accommodate at least 2,000 square feet for the LCBO within their existing store space.
The new project is also starting out small, with the LCBO issuing a Request for Proposals for only seven Express locations.
But the government says these new locations will help the LCBO meet consumer demand for convenience.
"Ontarians have been asking for greater access and convenience to buy their favourite beer, bottle of wine, or spirit. These new Express stores are a way to balance that convenience with social responsibility while further supporting our local industries," Charles Sousa, Ontario's minister of finance, said in the statement.