LCBO express kiosks

LCBO scraps plan for booze kiosks in grocery stores

Don't hold your breath for the sale of booze and non-Ontario wine at grocery stores any time soon. The LCBO has put plans for express kiosks in supermarkets on hold indefinitely as the government conducts a review of how alcohol is sold in this province.

The initial plan, conservative as it was, was a first step towards more customer-friendly buying options in the province. And while the pilot project was to target primarily areas outside of the GTA, the idea that the LCBO was going to try out a wider distribution model was enough to get people excited.

Today's news, however, isn't necessarily a step in the opposite direction. "In light of the work currently being done by the premier's advisory council on government assets, the provincial government has asked the LCBO to put a hold on the LCBO Express Stores initiative," Media Relations Co-ordinator Heather MacGregor told the Toronto Star.

In other words, those looking for a more competitive model of booze sales will have to pin their hopes upon a panel led byTD Bank chair Ed Clark, whose been tasked with better monetizing provincial assets. That's not much to go on, but Clark has hinted that he'd like to see an expansion of LCBO operations.

What do you think? Was the LCBO Express Kiosks just a token initiative anyway?


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