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Vancouver Grocery Stores Will Likely Start Selling Alcohol This Summer

Grocery Stores

At a public hearing on Tuesday, April 17th City Council voted to approve zoning bylaw amendments that will permit the sale of liquor in grocery stores.

Right now, any business in the City of Vancouver that sells or serves alcoholic drinks, has to have a liquor licence. And, grocery stores are prohibited from doing so.

If approved, City staff anticipate they will start accepting applications from businesses as early as May 14th.

“Over the last few years, we have undertaken extensive public and stakeholder consultation regarding updates to the City’s liquor policies,” said Kaye Krishna, General Manager, Development, Buildings and Licensing.

“These amendments not only balance the public’s request, but also bring our liquor bylaws in line with provincial regulations.”

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Grocery Stores to Sell Alcohol

Highlights from the release:

  • A new retail definition, “Grocery Store with Liquor Store,” will replace the previous definition of a grocery store, which included drug stores.
  • Drug stores will not be permitted to sell liquor.
  • Qualifying grocery stores to sell liquor in their store via a store-within-a-store model.
  • Specific policies and guidelines will be reported to Council in early May.

The approval of these bylaw amendments are the next step to implementing the City’s liquor policy recommendations, which were approved by Council in June 2017.

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