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OAKVILLE, ON, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - A majority of Ontarians from
communities all across the province and voters from every political
party say it's time for Ontario to modernize its alcohol retailing
system to include convenience stores.
"The alcohol retailing system in Ontario was designed in 1927 - 85 years
ago - and hasn't really changed since then. Ontarians, particularly in
rural areas, are tired of the long drives and long lines, and lack of
convenience," said Dave Bryans, CEO, Ontario Convenience Stores
Association (OCSA). "Ontarians are very clear: They say it's time we
moved the discussion forward on modernizing alcohol retailing in
Ontario to include convenience stores. This can be done responsibly,
and Ontario's chain convenience stores have shown they have the track
record to prove it."
Bryans added: "The people who support broader alcohol retailing are New
Democrats, Liberals and Progressive Conservatives. They're parents,
neighbours and responsible adults who want the same simple convenience
that their friends and relatives outside Ontario enjoy. Convenience
stores are already offering alcohol responsibly in over 200 Ontario
communities and it's time to add onto the existing retailing system to
provide more choice and convenience for consumers."
Since 2011, the Ontario Convenience Stores Association has led an effort
Ontarians support convenience store beer and wine retailing - In July, OCSA unveiled a 112,500 name petition, the largest ever
presented at Queen's Park, from voters in 220 communities asking for
the modest convenience of picking up beer or wine for dinner at their
local convenience store.
Convenience stores are better at age checks than the Beer Store or the
LCBO - An independent, third-party mystery shopping study that showed
convenience stores were the best at age checks - better at denying
sales of age-restricted products to minors than the foreign-owned Beer
Store and the government-run LCBO. When tested with underage secret
shoppers (age 15-18), convenience stores scored the highest with an
87.3% pass rate, The Beer Store next with 80.7% and LCBO last with
74.6% - meaning 1 in 4 minors successfully purchased age-restricted
products from LCBO, and 1 in 5 from The Beer Store - compared to 1 in 8
for convenience stores.
Two-thirds of Ontarians support beer and wine retailing at convenience
stores - A 2011 Ipsos Reid study that revealed that two-thirds of Ontarians
who shop at the foreign-owned Beer Store and government-run LCBO want
the convenience of alcohol retailing at convenience stores.
Ontario Convenience Store Association members are responsible community
retailers. Convenience stores sell more age restricted products than
any other retailer, and do a better job of checking for age than any
The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) represents convenience
stores throughout the province that are committed to Responsible
Community Retailing. The OCSA membership comprises nearly 7,500 of the
11,000 convenience stores in Ontario. The convenience store industry
represents $13 billion in sales annually in Ontario and employs over
69,000 people. More than 3 million people visit convenience stores in
communities across Ontario every day.
SOURCE: Ontario Convenience Stores Association
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