Ontario expanding beer and cider sales to 80 more grocery stores
Currently 130 grocery stores across Ontario are authorized to sell beer and cider, of which 70 stores can also sell wine. Starting today, grocers can bid for 80 additional authorizations to sell beer and cider.
This would bring the total to up to 210 grocery stores that would be authorized to sell beer and cider. Authorized grocery store locations will be announced in May, with sales expected to start this summer.
Grocers are invited to register via Biddingo to submit their bid to the LCBO. Once successful bidders receive an authorization from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, grocers will then be permitted to purchase beer and cider from the LCBO for resale at the authorized grocery store locations.
Ultimately, beer and cider will be available in up to 450 grocery stores, including up to 300 that will also sell wine.
This is in addition to more than 450 Beer Stores and 650 LCBO stores across Ontario. ■