Ontario convenience stores petition to sell beer, wine

Ontario’s convenience stores are taking another shot at getting permission to sell beer and wine. Former Liberal premier David Peterson promised to allow corner stores to sell beer and wine in the 1980s, but it never happened and the current Liberal government has no plans to change the rules. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association has […]

Ontario’s convenience stores are taking another shot at getting permission to sell beer and wine.

Former Liberal premier David Peterson promised to allow corner stores to sell beer and wine in the 1980s, but it never happened and the current Liberal government has no plans to change the rules.

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association has presented a petition with 112,500 signatures from across the province supporting the idea of broader retail availability of beer and wine.

Association CEO Dave Bryans said convenience stores are already selling alcohol in more than 200 Ontario communities that don’t have stand-alone LCBO outlets.

Bryans said it’s time to give consumers more options and allow corner stores to sell beer and wine.

The petition was started in the hamlet of Vanessa, southwest of Brantford, where the 80 local residents complain they have to drive 20 minutes to buy a bottle of wine.

The association represents about 7,500 of the 11,000 convenience stores in Ontario.

Brands Articles

Canada’s Hottest Ads – The good and bad of Mother’s Day ads

Rain 43's John Farquhar finds mom spots both charming and predictable

Lasik MD campaign has its sights on millennials

Print, direct mail, OOH, radio touts financial benefits of laser vision correction

How to improve in-store signage

Signs alert shoppers to deals and promotions, but also express your brand

Managing Digital: Reckitt Benckiser’s VP marketing

VP to agencies: understand consumers' digital behaviour and deliver KPIs

On The Move: Changes at FCB, eBay, Defy and Hill + Knowlton

A weekly recap of who's headed where in Canadian marketing and communications

Gap’s 1Q profit falls as it attempts turnaround

Banana Republic and Gap banners continue to struggle, while Old Navy flourishes

Campaign for weight-loss firm gives the skinny on diet fads

Dr. Bernstein effort from Giants & Gentlemen includes TV, online and OOH

Best Buy revenue slips as it closes Future Shop

Electronics retailer cites "ongoing softness" in the local market as reason for decline