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First 58 Grocery Stores to Sell Beer

The government is delivering on its promise to allow beer sales in grocery stores by announcing the first 58 locations across the province where Ontarians will be able to buy beer.

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Finance Charles Sousa announced the 13 independent grocery stores and 45 stores owned by large grocers that are now authorized to sell beer. This is the first round of Ontario’s commitment to make it more convenient for people to buy beer. Ultimately, beer will be available at up to 450 grocery stores provincewide — roughly the same number of locations The Beer Store currently operates in Ontario. Beer in grocery stores is part of the biggest shakeup to beverage alcohol retailing in the province since prohibition was ended in 1927.

Ontario is expanding access responsibly. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, which visited all 58 locations as part of the authorization process, will now monitor them to ensure that they adhere to laws on the safe retail of alcohol. These include designated sales areas and hours of sale, limitations to package sizes and alcohol content by volume, and rigorous social responsibility training for staff.

Giving consumers more choice and convenience while creating a more level playing field for brewers is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

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“Beer is here — in grocery stores just in time for the holidays. As we continue with the largest shakeup to beverage alcohol sales in Ontario since the end of Prohibition, people are going to enjoy increasingly convenient access to their favourite beers and more choice in where they can buy them. We are expanding the availability of beer in a prudent and socially responsible way. Wherever you buy beer, please continue to drink responsibly.”

–– Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

“Ontario’s new beer framework is really opening up opportunities for businesses across the province. From our enthusiastic independent grocers to our dynamic craft brewers — we are enabling innovation and improved convenience and choice across Ontario.”

— Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
“Grocery retailers look forward to increasing consumer choice and convenience in a responsible way as Ontario rolls out the sale of beer in grocery stores. Going forward, Ontario shoppers will be able to buy beer in grocery stores across the province and select from a variety of craft and major brand products. Retail Council of Canada will continue to work with our members and the province to ensure that this new initiative is a positive experience for consumers.”

— David Wilkes, Senior Vice-President, Retail Council of Canada

“We’re thrilled that consumers can further support independent grocers by purchasing their favourite beer in our stores, including a selection of beer from small and craft breweries. As beer sales are expanded to more grocery locations, we’re excited about the opportunities that will be created for independent grocers.”

— Gary Sands, Vice-President, Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers

“Craft beer lovers can now find local selections in local stores. We look forward to working with grocers to offer a refreshing variety of craft beer from breweries across Ontario. This new distribution channel is part of a set of changes that will create jobs and double or triple Ontario’s craft beer industry.”

— John Hay, President, Ontario Craft Brewers

Greater Toronto Area

Grocery Store City Address            
Sobeys Aurora 15500 Bayview Ave.
Loblaws Etobicoke 380 The East Mall
Real Canadian Superstore Georgetown 171 Guelph St.
Metro Milton 1050 Kennedy Circle, Milton
Michael-Angelo’s Mississauga 4099 Erin Mills Pkwy
Loblaws Mississauga 5010 Glen Erin Dr.
Real Canadian Superstore Newmarket 18120 Yonge St.
Metro Newmarket 16640 Yonge St.
Longo’s Oakville 3455 Wyecroft Rd.
FreshCo Oakville 2501 Third Line
Longo’s Oakville 469 Cornwall Rd.
Real Canadian Superstore Oshawa 1385 Harmony Rd. N.
Metro Pickering 1822 Whites Rd.
Sobeys Richmond Hill 11700 Yonge St.
Coppa’s Fresh Market Toronto 4750 Dufferin St.
Galleria Supermarket Toronto 865 York Mills Rd.

 

Greater Toronto Area (continued)

Grocery Store City Address
Real Canadian Superstore Toronto 51 Gerry Fitzgerald Dr.
Real Canadian Superstore Toronto 2549 Weston Rd.
Loblaws Toronto 17 Leslie St.
Loblaws Toronto 50 Musgrave St.
Coppa’s Fresh Market Vaughan 3300 Rutherford Rd.
Galleria Supermarket Vaughan 7040 Yonge St.
FreshCo Vaughan 800 Steeles Ave W.
Farm Boy Whitby 360 Taunton Rd.


West

 

Grocery Store City Address
Zehrs Cambridge 400 Conestoga Blvd.
Metro Guelph 500 Edinburgh Rd. S.
Sobeys Hamilton (Ancaster) 977 Golf Links Rd.
FreshCo Hamilton 700 Queenston Rd.
Fortinos Hamilton 65 Mall Rd.
Food Basics Hamilton 505 Rymal Rd. E.
Starsky Fine Foods Hamilton 685 Queenston Rd.
Real Canadian Superstore Kitchener 875 Highland Rd. W.
Farm Boy London 1415 Beaverbrook Ave.
Walmart Supercentre London 1280 Fanshawe Park Rd.
Real Canadian Superstore London 1205 Oxford St.
Food Basics London 509 Commissioners Rd. W.
Food Basics Niagara Falls 3770 Montrose Rd.
Sobeys Paris 307 Grand River St. N.
Real Canadian Superstore Windsor 4371 Walker Rd.


East

Grocery Store City Address
Sobeys Kanata 700 Terry Fox Dr.
Sobeys Kanata 840 March Rd.
Loblaws Kingston 1100 Princess St.
La Mantia’s Country Market Lindsay 50 William St. S.
Metro Nepean 3201 Strandherd Dr.
Food Basics Orillia 975 West Ridge Blvd.
Farm Boy Ottawa (Orleans) 2030 Tenth Line
Loblaws Ottawa 1980 Baseline Rd.
Real Canadian Superstore Ottawa 760 Eagleson Rd.,
Sobeys Ottawa 193 Metcalfe St.
Sobeys Peterborough 1200 Lansdowne St. W.
Sobeys Peterborough 501 Towerhill Rd.
Brown’s Your Independent Grocer Stittsville 1251 Main St.

 

North

Grocery Store City Address
Pino’s Get Fresh Sault Ste. Marie 219 Trunk Rd.
Walmart Supercentre Sudbury 2416 Long Lake Rd.
Walmart Supercentre Sudbury 1349 Lasalle Blvd.
Real Canadian Superstore Thunder Bay 971 Carrick St.,
Safeway Thunder Bay 115 Arthur St. W.
Safeway Thunder Bay 1015 Dawson Rd.

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