Cheers to new liquor laws.
As promised, BC’s new liquor laws came into effect on April 1, with South Surrey’s Save On Foods leading the way and becoming the first, and currently only grocery store in the province to stock its shelves with wine.
Save On Foods, located on 152nd street in Surrey partnered with the BC Wine Institute to represent almost 100 wineries, and to offer around 500 different B.C. wines in its new “locally crafted wines” section.
“As the grocery models are adopted, this will further build on the many changes we’ve made, such as liquor sales in farmers’ markets, bringing down beer garden fences and introducing happy hour to B.C., as we continue down our path of modernizing B.C.’s liquor laws – offering new experiences and convenience for consumers, while firmly supporting B.C. businesses.” said John Yap, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy Reform.
To safeguard public safety and prevent access to alcohol by minors, all wine will be kept on designated shelves, and must be purchased at tills that have a Serving It Right certified, 19+ cashier. Food and wine pairings, including samples of wine, are also allowed in-aisle.
Also on the radar is the new store-within-a-store model, which allows grocery stores to offer a full-suite of alcohol products. This model will be adopted gradually, as licences begin to relocate throughout the province – to other locations, and into grocery stores – providing more flexibility for businesses.
BC Liquor Stores will also begin rolling out refrigeration, offering Sunday openings and extending their operating hours at a number of locations throughout the province.