Ontario has announced the next 76 grocery stores across the province that can sell beer and cider, starting June 30.
The winning grocers were selected via a competitive bidding process held by the LCBO. An additional 11 independent grocery stores and 65 stores owned by large grocers are now authorized to sell beer. This is the second round of Ontario’s commitment to make it more convenient for people to buy beer, while opening up additional opportunities for breweries and cideries.
Currently, up to 130 grocery stores across Ontario can sell beer and cider, including up to 70 that can sell wine. “Ontarians welcome beer and cider in grocery stores, which provide greater convenience and choice for consumers,” Finance Minister Charles Sousa said. The 76 new grocery store authorizations will bring the total to up to 206 grocery stores authorized to sell beer and cider.
The province will offer 450 stores when the phase-in is complete. The new locations include Walmart in Milton Ontario.