LCBO seeks to add 200 'convenience outlets'

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Retailers in small communities can now apply to the LCBO to sell liquor.

The LCBO has opened a request for proposals for “convenience outlet authorizations.”

The LCBO is working to authorize 200 new convenience outlets by next spring.

Retailers from 302 communities, including Mount Pleasant, Onondaga, Glen Morris, Lynden, Townsend and Windham Centre, can apply to be included in a lottery to win the right to sell alcohol.

The request for proposal application is open until Oct. 8. More information can be accessed at

All applicants that meet the requirements will be entered into the lottery for each community and those selected will be eligible for authorization.

The LCBO expects to conduct site visits in November and begin issuing authorizations in December.

The move is part of a plan by the government to offer more “choice and convenience for consumers,” according to a news release.

“The LCBO convenience outlet program provides access to beverage alcohol products to communities that do not otherwise have convenient access to an LCBO retail store.”

In Toronto, the LCBO is also partnering with a food delivery service to have Smart Serve-certified cyclists ride booze to residents, a system that’s already in place in Ottawa.