Thanks to its chicken and pizza offerings, 7-Eleven has begun serving alcohol in one North Edmonton location. This marks the projects journey west across Canada. The original pilot was first tested in Ontario a year ago with the hopes of a national expansion.
It is the fact that 7-Eleven sells hot food for dine-in, that makes it eligible for a liquor licence in the country.
Liquor at these testing locations can be consumed on site or taken home and reactions to the news is mixed.
Some say 7-Eleven is taking advantage of a loophole offered to struggling restaurants to allow for liquor sales along with food take-out.
Alberta residents are also concerned that kids will be able to buy alcohol; however, 7-Eleven already sells cigarettes and its staff are trained on age-related sales.
The Alberta Liquor Store Association did a poll and found 75% of Albertans are not in support of this offering. To date however, no one has made an official complaint.
7-Eleven says the move has been well received by customers in store.
A year ago we reported on this same phenomenon, but in Ontario. Since then the concept has got closer.
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