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June 28, 2021

Mac's wants to sell liquor, hire more staff

Mac's logoForget the Froster...how about a case of beer?

Mac's Convenience Stores is set to create 1,600 new, full-time jobs in Ontario if given the go-ahead to sell beer, wine and spirits in it's stores.

The petitions have been on store counters for quite some time now gaining signatures in support from customers across the province.

Currently, two Mac's stores in Ontario (located in Thamesford and Craigleith) are permitted to sell alcohol.

Across the country, the company's Quebec-based Couche-Tarde division runs 665 corporate stores in Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador that offer alcohol sales.

I have to admit, when visiting Montreal it seems a lot easier to pick up some spirits from a convenience store than trying to find a liquor store near our hotel.

And have you ever missed the beer or liquor store by minutes because you worked late? Or showed up as a guest at a house party empty-handed because the liquor store had already closed?

Tom Moher, Vice President of Operations for Mac's in Ontario, says, "We want to provide good-paying jobs for hard-working people right across the province.

"And of course, we want to provide our valued customers with a one-stop shopping experience. They're continually telling us that they want to be able to purchase beer, wine and spirits at Mac's."

A study, commissioned by the Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA), found that the Government of Ontario would benefit from increased revenues if alcohol was permitted for sale in convenience stores.

In a previous survey by the OCSA, 67 per cent of Ontarians indicated they wanted to be able to purchase alcohol at their local convenience store.

As it stands now, the sale of alcohol in convenience stores across Canada is governed under provincial jurisdiction.

Moher adds, "We're experienced, responsible retailers of alcohol throughout Canada, the United States and the world. We're proud of our record, and our contributions to the communities we serve."

By Donna Donaldson, MSN Money

Do you think convenience stores should be permitted to sell alcohol? Why or why not?



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