Vancouver Sun: Private liquor stores in fight for survival

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May 19, 2015 | Tiffany Crawford | VANCOUVER SUN

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“In an interview with The Sun, Eby compared how the government stores are operating to Wal-Mart or Costco. But, he noted, even Costco is operating at a lower overhead of 15 per cent, while the government liquor stores operate at 17.2 per cent.

“The other stores can’t compete with that. And it’s not good policy. I don’t know what the government’s strategy is for government liquor stores, but it’s pretty clear that if they are operating them as money losing operations that the public won’t support it for long.”

Eby thinks the government’s goal is to close the government retail stores by operating them at a loss and to force many of the small stores to sell their licenses to move into grocery stores.

“And folks hear that and say ‘great, I’d love to buy my beer in a grocery store,’ and there is huge convenience. But there’s a huge impact. We’ll be losing thousands of jobs and small family businesses across the province,” he said.”

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