|Grocery Store Chains Operating Liquor Stores|
|Written by Jared Linnen|
|Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:10|
Sobeys and Saskatoon Co-op will own the first two privately-owned liquor stores in Saskatoon.
Co-op will have their store in Blairmore opened by mid-winter, while Sobeys is expected to open their store in Stonebridge by the summer of 2014.
Minister of Liquor and Gaming, Donna Harpauer, says the decision to go with them came out of a Request for Proposals by the consulting firm Deloitte.
She says they looked at each business plan, construction schedule, site proposal, financial capacity, and business qualifications to recommend Sobeys and Co-op.
Saskatoon Co-op Association General Manager Grant Wicks says retail Co-ops operate 36 liquor stores in many larger centres throughout Alberta and there are also 24 small Co-ops throughout rural Saskatchewan that act as liquor retailers in those communities, while Sobeys operates liquor retail outlets in their stores in Alberta.
Director of Sobeys Merchandising, Jeff Hodgson, says their new store is going to differ from existing liquor outlets with a 10,000 square foot store and a 360 degree tasting bar in the middle.
Harpauer says Saskatchewan people can get used to all future liquor stores being privately owned in the province, saying government money will be better spent on roads, highways and health care.
She says the new private store owners will be able to price their products lower than any of the current government-run stores, but they will have to meet a provincial minimum price that differs from product to product.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:43|