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(Posted 11 a.m., Dec. 15)
Orléans Farm Boy given go ahead to sell beer

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

If all goes well, the Farm Boy on Tenth Line Road will be selling six packs of beer by this weekend. File photo

Customers at the Farm Boy store on Tenth Line Road will soon be able to buy a six pack of beer with their fruit, vegetables and other groceries.

Workers at the store were installing a display unit this morning with the hope of selling beer by the weekend.

The location is one of four grocery stores in Ottawa, and 60 across the province, that are being allowed to sell beer as part of the initial roll out of the Liberal government's initiative allowing beer sales at select grocery stores.

The other three stores in Ottawa are the Loblaws College Square Market, the Real Canadian Superstore in South Kanata, and Brown’s Independent Grocer in Stittsville.

By next suumer, the number of grocery stores selling beer in Ontario will more than double and eventually grow to over 450 locations. Aside from Farm Boy, the Real Canadian Superstore on Innes Road, and all four Metro stores in Orléans could eventually get in on the action.

There are some limitations, however, besides only being able to sell six packs, the stores must set aside at least 20 per cent of their shelf space for small craft brewers in Ontario

Beer sales must be limited to the same hours as the Beer Store, which is between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Prices will be the same as at the LCBO.

The new arrangement effectively breaks the de facto monopoly The Beer Store has had on selling beer in the province since the prohibition era of the 1920s.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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