SASKATOON — Privatized liquor stores have arrived in Saskatchewan as the province has added three private liquor stores to the province’s retail liquor system.
According to the province, the move to privatized stores will serve the province’s growing population.
“The province’s population has grown by 80,000 during the past five years, which has meant more customers at our liquor stores,” said Donna Harpauer, the minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA).
Two stores will be located in Saskatoon and one in Regina; they will offer the same selection of products currently sold at government-run liquor stores.
The province is taking proposals for new stores, selected through a Request-for-Proposals (RFP) process conducted by a third party. Proposals will be evaluated on various factors, including store location, retail shopping environment and overall service for customers. The RFP will be released in November with final decisions expected by early spring.