Alberta Liquor Store Association says no need to sell beer inside grocery stores

The president of the Alberta Liquor Store Association says its members are not pushing for the province to allow beer to be sold inside of grocery stores.

EDMONTON — The president of the Alberta Liquor Store Association says its members are not pushing for the province to allow beer to be sold inside of grocery stores.

Ivonne Martinez says most major grocery chains in the province already sell beer, along with wine and spirits, in separate buildings.

Her comments come as Ontario starts rolling out a plan to allow people to buy beer in grocery stores that will be phased in until 2017.

Martinez says Alberta doesn’t need to follow suit because the province’s existing system already works very well.

Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador also allow beer to be sold in grocery stores.

The Alberta Liquor Store Association says it represents more than 570 independent retail liquor stores across the province. (CHED, The Canadian Press)