Ontario Government Announces First Grocery Stores Eligible for Beer Sales

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TORONTO, ON – Following on changes in the province’s beer retailing system announced earlier this year, the Government of Ontario has released a list of the first grocery stores that will soon be allowed to sell beer to their customers.

According to a statement released earlier today, the following 13 stores and chains were chosen via a competitive bidding process:

  • Coppa’s Fresh Market
  • Farm Boy 2012 Inc.
  • Galleria Supermarket
  • Hanahreuem Mart Inc.
  • J & B La Mantia Ltd. (La Mantia’s Country Market)
  • Loblaws Inc.
  • Longo Brothers Fruit Market Inc.
  • Metro Ontario Inc.
  • Michael-Angelos Market Place Inc.
  • Pino’s Get Fresh
  • Sobeys Capital Incorporated
  • Starsky Fine Foods Hamilton Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

These companies must now apply to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to receive authorization for sales at specific stores. Up to 60 locations are set to be given licenses in this first cycle, with approvals expected to be completed sometime in December.

For more details, see the full news release on the Ontario Government website.

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