TORONTO — After much debate, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has announced plans to allow the sale of alcohol in the province’s grocery stores via LCBO express stores.
“Ontarians have been asking for more convenience in where they purchase alcohol beverages. They also have a growing interest in local wines. We are responding to the needs of consumers while also providing increased support for the Ontario wine, spirits and beer industry,” reads a statement from Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance.
The LCBO will be launching two new store formats. In large grocery stores, LCBO Express stores will carry alcohol such as Ontario wine, spirits and beer. And, LCBO VQA Destination Boutiques will open inside select full-size LCBO stores; such stores will carry an expanded selection of Ontario’s VQA wines, including hard-to-find wines from smaller producers.
The opening of these new LCBO concept stores is expected within 12 to 18 months, but their locations are not yet known.