WATCH: Beer Store claims higher costs if alcohol sales expanded

Convenience stores claim the Beer Store is 'fear-mongering'

The Beer Store says having beer in corner stores would be convenient but you would just land up paying more for your weekend or evening refreshments.

President Ted Moroz suggests the average price of a case of beer would go up over $10 - to about $50.

He says that's because there would be a higher mark-up at some private retailers since transportation costs will skyrocket.

The Beer Store released research on the matter as the Ontario Convenience Store Association continues its push to change alcohol sales in the province.

As it stands, province gets around $1.6 billion a year because of alcohol sales. Moroz says the province will likely make less if sales are opened up.

Moroz lists reasons against selling beer in corner stores, claiming underage teens won't be IDed as much. He also says there will be less selection in corner stores and there may be more drinking and driving.

However, head of the Ontario Convenience Store Association  Dave Bryans accuses the Beer Store of fear mongering. Bryans says maybe prices will go up because the Beer Store decides to increase them.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she has no plans to extend alcohol sales to corner stores.

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  1. Jack posted on 02/10/2014 04:15 PM
    Even if the price DID go up, I'm perfectly okay with paying a little more to avoid seeing my money go to the overpaid shelf monkeys at government-run liquor stores. Break the monopoly and let the free market in!
  2. Doug posted on 02/10/2014 04:17 PM
    Ok, so why is Cdn beer so much cheaper in the usa than here Also why are beer prices at stores in us so competitive from one to another. No I do not buy this arguement or the age ID issue. Most corner stores do a good job with cigarites so why not Beer. Really the main issue here is the UNIONS loss of jobs, dues, and consumers conveinence. Times have changed as the post ofice has found out afer so ong dening the existence of the internetandail. This is 2014 not 1914. Maybe the Fiberals and politicians that reat us like chidren will one day wake up.
  3. Doug posted on 02/10/2014 04:21 PM
    Sorry computer keyboard issues. IE: the post office denying the existence of the internet and email
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