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Ontario to Open Liquor Kiosks in Grocery Stores This Year

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April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Ontario’s liquor-store monopoly will open kiosks in grocery stores for the first time this year, selling beer, wine and spirits.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario will accept proposals from food retailers until May 9, with plans to open seven kiosks across Canada’s most-populous province, growing to 10 in the pilot stage of the program. Retailers must set aside 2,000 square feet for the LCBO outlet, the government said in a statement today.

Other Canadian provinces already have liberalized alcohol sales, with beer and wine available in Quebec corner stores and groceries and Alberta using a private store model. Wine and spirits are sold through the LCBO in Ontario, while beer is sold through the Brewers Retail chain of stores.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ari Altstedter in Toronto at aaltstedter@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net