Ontario pilot project will allow booze sales in supermarkets

LCBO (Sun files)

LCBO (Sun files)

Antonella Artuso, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

TORONTO -- Ontario will launch 10 pilot "LCBO Express" outlets within grocery stores, to make buying wine, beer and other liquor more convenient.

The mini LCBOs will be opened over the next 12 to 18 months in yet-to-be-decided locations, but the venture could quickly be expanded to many more grocery stores if successful, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan said Monday.

"This is a new way to distribute our product, make it more consumer accessible and at the same time make sure we don't have alcohol on every street corner in Ontario," Duncan said.

"What we find is most Ontarians like the LCBO and the way it operates. They want more convenience."


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