More LCBO out­lets thrill busi­nesses

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

For 14 years, Linda Lav­i­gne has been try­ing to con­vince the gov­ern­ment to al­low an LCBO out­let in her store/restau­rant, the Glen Road­house, in Glen Robert­son.

“They never gave me one be­cause I was too close to Alexan­dria,” she laments, say­ing that her neigh­bours had to make the trek out west, or even out of prov­ince, if they wanted to buy beer.

So she was thrilled on June 6 when On­tario’s Fi­nance Min­is­ter, Vic Fideli, an­nounced that the LCBO is un­der­go­ing a mar­ket­place expansion pro­gram, which au­tho­rizes new LCBO Con­ve­nience Out­lets in 200 com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince. Glen Robert­son is just one of five Glen­garry com­mu­ni­ties on the LCBO’s list. The oth­ers are Green Val­ley, Glen Wal­ter, Ap­ple Hill, and Wil­liamstown.

On Thurs­day, the LCBO re­leased a Re­quest for Pro­posal seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from lo­cal re­tail­ers in the iden­ti­fied com­mu­ni­ties in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing a Con­ve­nience Out­let au­tho­riza­tion. All busi­ness ap­pli­cants that meet the re­quire­ments will be en­tered into a lot­tery for each com­mu­nity and those se­lected will be el­i­gi­ble for Con­ve­nience Out­let au­tho­riza­tions.

Ms. Lav­i­gne isn’t the only lo­cal re­tailer who will ap­ply for an out­let. Greg Mac­Don­ald, who helps runs the gro­cery store in Wil­liamstown, says he’s been try­ing to bring al­co­hol into his busi­ness for years but was al­ways de­nied be­cause of his prox­im­ity to the LCBO in Lan­caster.

“This would be great for our busi­ness,” he said.

The June 6 me­dia re­lease was the sec­ond big al­co­hol-re­lated an­nounce­ment to come out of On­tario over the past cou­ple weeks. Late last month, the gov­ern­ment an­nounced its in­ten­tion to ter­mi­nate an agree­ment with the Beer Store, open­ing the way to ex­pand­ing al­co­hol sales in cor­ner stores. The prov­ince is seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from lo­cal re­tail­ers in the 200 newly iden­ti­fied com­mu­ni­ties in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing a Con­ve­nience Out­let au­tho­riza­tion. All busi­ness ap­pli­cants that meet the re­quire­ments for an au­tho­riza­tion will be en­tered into a lot­tery for each com­mu­nity and those se­lected will be el­i­gi­ble for Con­ve­nience Out­let au­tho­riza­tions.

The gov­ern­ment has also an­nounced a Gro­cery pro­gram expansion, which will al­low 87 more gro­cery op­er­a­tors to sell wine, beer and cider. The LCBO has re­leased a Re­quest for En­tries (RFE) today on Bid­dingo.com. Af­ter com­plet­ing the RFE process, el­i­gi­ble gro­cers will be se­lected through a lot­tery process. Suc­cess­ful gro­cers will then ap­ply to the Al­co­hol and Gam­ing Com­mis­sion of On­tario for an au­tho­riza­tion and en­ter into a whole­sale supply agree­ment with the LCBO. The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is June 20.

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions for the con­ve­nience out­let pro­gram is June 25.

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