Starting in April 2018, Cobourg Walmart will sell beer and cider. It will be in 6-packs and at the same price as the beer store. Hours are also “standardized” – better than the beer store but the same as other grocery stores selling beer. The addition of a Cobourg location and 86 other new locations will bring the total number of Ontario Groceries selling beer and cider to 370. 70 of these can also sell wine – but not the Walmart in Cobourg. The “standard hours” will be: Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Walmart’s regular hours are 7:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days. Grocers are required to adhere to uniform and minimum pricing for wine, beer and cider.
The winning grocers were selected via a competitive bidding process held by the LCBO in 2017. The rules are that the stores must have designated sales areas and standard hours of sale, abide by limitations on package size and alcohol content, and meet staffing and social responsibility training requirements.
Most of the grocers added to the list are large grocers – like the existing list. The process is managed by the Ministry of Finance and they announced that ultimately, beer and cider will be available in up to 450 grocery stores, including up to 300 that will also sell wine. This is in addition to more than 450 Beer Stores and 660 LCBO stores across Ontario.
Oshawa to Belleville – Grocery Stores selling beer, cider and wine
|Town||Beer and Cider||Wine|
|Walmart 73 Strathy Rd.||Cobourg||Yes – New|
|Walmart 470 Second Dug Hill Rd.||Trenton||Yes – New|
|Sobeys 1377 Wilson Rd. N.||Oshawa||Yes||Yes|
|Real Canadian Superstore 1385 Harmony Rd. N.||Oshawa||Yes||Yes|
|Walmart Supercentre 680 Laval Drive||Oshawa||Yes||Yes|
|Walmart Supercentre 1741 Harmony Rd.||Oshawa||Yes||Yes|
|Walmart Supercentre 680 Laval Drive.||Oshawa||Yes|
|Walmart Supercentre 1741 Harmony Rd.||Oshawa||Yes|
|Walmart 274 Millennium Parkway||Belleville||Yes||Yes|
|Metro 243 King St. E.||Bowmanville||Yes|
|Walmart Supercentre Hwy #2||Bowmanville||Yes|
|La Mantia’s Country Market 50 William St. S.||Lindsay||Yes|
|Metro 110 North Front St.,||Belleville||Yes|
|Sobeys 1200 Lansdowne St W.,||Peterborough||Yes|
|Sobeys 501 Towerhill Rd.||Peterborough||Yes|
|Walmart Supercentre 1002 Chemong Rd.||Peterborough||Yes|
This is an improvement but still controlled as if adults are incapable of controlling their consumption of beer and wine (or is there some other obscure reason?). This despite the fact that citizens of Quebec, Alberta, most American locations and most countries in Europe seem to be able to handle the job.
- Ontario groceries stores currently selling beer, wine and cider
- New Grocery Stores selling Beer and Cider in April