Beer will cost more if sold in Ontario corner stores: Study

Beer Store at 89 Laird Drive in Toronto, Ont. on Friday November 22, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI...

Beer Store at 89 Laird Drive in Toronto, Ont. on Friday November 22, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:08 PM ET

Drinkers should expect to pay an average of $10 more for a two-four if corner stores are allowed to sell suds, says Beer Store President Ted Moroz.

A Beer Store research paper — to be released Monday — concluded alcohol prices will increase if the provincial government deregulates the sale of booze.

“Our research shows that we’re going to see a significant increase in the price of beer,” Moroz said Sunday. “And on a case of two-four (in Ontario), it’s a $10 increase.”

Greg Flanagan, an economist who reviewed the 63-page paper, insisted that deregulating Ontario’s alcohol retail industry will not leave consumers with more cash in their wallets.

 


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