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Well Ontario, we think it’s time to raise a glass. It’s finally happening.

The list of grocers approved to sell beer in the province were announced yesterday, and up to 60 locations will be allowed to begin sales next month. Which means, for many, Christmas is coming a little early this year. Here they are:

  • Coppa’s Fresh Market
  • Farm Boy 2012 Inc.
  • Galleria Supermarket
  • Hanahreuem Mart Inc.
  • J & B La Mantia Ltd. (La Mantia’s Country Market)
  • Loblaws Inc.
  • Longo Brothers Fruit Market Inc.
  • Metro Ontario Inc.
  • Michael-Angelos Market Place Inc.
  • Pino’s Get Fresh
  • Sobeys Capital Incorporated
  • Starsky Fine Foods Hamilton Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

The retailers still need to cut through some of the red tape before they can begin stocking their shelves with those precious six-packs though. They will have to make applications to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario for licenses.

Additionally, we don’t know exactly what locations will be selling beer come December, but regions from all over the province got approvals. There were 25 in the Greater Toronto Area, 16 in Western Ontario, 13 in the east and six in the north.

There should be 150 grocery stores selling beer by May 2017, which will eventually rise to 450.

Let’s cheers to that!