REGINA – A debate is brewing in Saskatchewan where the province’s second private wine store opened earlier this week.
The new location sells 1,000 varieties and claims that the majority of stock can not be found anywhere else in the province. The selection may vary from government-run liquor stores, but the private entrepreneur is still a franchisee regulated and supplied by the government.
The concern remains with the union representing Saskatchewan liquor store employees. Bob Bymoen, president of the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’s Union, talked to CBC News, suggesting that the province could suffer from more alcohol-related social problems as independent liquor store owners drive sales. “If a private business doesn’st sell enough alcohol, if that’s what their retail is, then they’sre not going to stay in business,” Bymoen told the CBC.