Public shifting towards beer, wine in corner stores: Mac's exec

Tom Moher, Mac's vice president of operations in central Canada, talks with the Toronto Sun's...

Tom Moher, Mac's vice president of operations in central Canada, talks with the Toronto Sun's editorial board on Feb. 19, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI AGENCY)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 8:11 PM ET

TORONTO — There’s no proof that allowing corner stores to sell beer, wine and spirits would increase the price or lead to the closure of LCBO stores, a Mac’s Convenience Store executive says.

Tom Moher, vice president of Mac’s operations for central Canada, predicted provincial politicians will be pressed by Ontarians during the next election to explain why they are not allowed to purchase alcohol in more retail locations.

Although Premier Kathleen Wynne recently ruled out beer and wine in convenience stores, Moher said he believes there is momentum for change.

“She will continue to be asked because Ontarians will continue to demand this opportunity,” Moher told QMI Agency Wednesday. “A great thing about a democracy is when the people speak and the people continue to put something forward, eventually political parties need to act in the best interest of Ontarians.”

Mac’s operates two agency stores in Ontario which sell beer, wine and spirits at the same price found in the LCBO or The Beer Store, Moher said.

A recent study from The Beer Store, which shows a 24-bottle case of beer would cost $10 more at a corner store, looked at the Alberta model which includes stand alone liquor stores with high capital costs, he said.


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