Ontario Grocery Stores to Start Selling Beer Today As Province Loosens Ban
Expect to see a new product on the shelves of 60 grocery store across the Province on Tuesday.
Premier Kathleen Wynne is set to make it official on Tuesday morning when she pays a visit to Loblaws on Leslie Street near Eastern Avenue in the City.
The roll out follows a deal cut with The Beer Store earlier this year, which will eventually see 450 grocery stores stock the alcoholic beverage while at the same time protecting The Beer Stores interests.
The retailer will keep the exclusive right to sell 24-packs and most 12-packs in the Province, while grocery stores will only carry 6 packs.
Craft brewers have also been looked after in the deal, with stores required to devote 20% of shelf space to them.
Of the 60 stores set to offer suds from Tuesday, 25 are located in the GTA, 16 in southwestern Ontario, 13 are in the east while just six are located in the north.
The numbers are expected to grow next year to a total of 450 in 2017.
It’s a change that has been 30 years in the making, with former premier David Peterson first proposing the sale of beer in grocery stores in 1985.