Remember a few months ago, when Ontarians were rejoicing about alcohol finally making its way into grocery stores? Yep, we were practically skipping and jumping down the street, knowing we wouldn’t have to schlep to the LCBO or The Beer Store for a bit o’ booze. OK, so we have to wait until 2018 anyway, but still.
It seems there are a few more hiccups with this proposed beer-at-the-grocery-store plan. Aside from the lengthy three-year (at least) wait, the government announced additional “conditions” to the proposed sale of alcohol. You might not be too happy if:
You wanted to get something other than beer.
Sorry, folks, no liquor. Only beer.
You were planning on throwing a big party.
To make matters worse, the only available beer will be coming in six-packs. Nothing larger, nothing smaller. Packs of six. So if you’re responsible for getting booze for a party, best to go elsewhere. The Beer Store is the only place that’ll still be selling 2-4s.
You expected to walk to your local corner store and grab some beer.
Only 450 – 500 supermarkets will be approved by the Government of Ontario to join this exclusive party by 2018. Interested stores have to apply to be one of the fortunate few to get a beer-selling licence. Considering how many supermarkets and stores are in our beloved province, the chances of somewhere near you selling the golden stuff is actually pretty low.
You anticipated fully-stocked shelves.
Queen’s Park is limiting the number of six-packs each approved store can carry: 279 per day, or $1 million in sales per year. There will be penalties for any store that tries to sell over the quota. So we’d suggest getting to the store at the crack of dawn, or else you might be out of luck. Queen’s Park insists that anyone who wants beer will get beer.
You thought, somehow, that corner-store booze would be cheaper.
Nope, sorry. Let’s do the math: $47 for four six-packs. One 2-4: $38. Who’s the loser here? The only way you’ll end up saving is if a measly six-pack will hold you over for a week or more. Fingers crossed you don’t have a ton of parties to plan in three years’ time.
Watch the video, above, for further information about Ontario’s slow, confusing embrace of grocery-store beer.