Dec 31, 2012

By Bob Sheppard

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Some Ontario shoppers will get the option of buying liquor and wine inside their local grocery stores starting late next year.

The Liquor Control Board is going to det up what it calls Express outlets inside 10 grocery stores over the next 18 months.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan says he expects the pilot project will be well received by consumers and will then be expanded to other areas.

The LCBO will decide which communities and grocery stores will host its new Express outlets over the next year, and will also create new VQA boutiques for Ontario wines inside five of its own stores.

Duncan says setting up LCBO outlets in grocery stores is a better way to improve consumer access than the Progressive Conservatives’ call to sell alcohol in corner stores, an idea he calls “bone-headed.”

The finance minister says having LCBO outlets in grocery stores will help promote Ontario wines and craft beers, which he doubts corner stores would stock if they were allowed to sell alcohol.

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