Liquor Stores Stay Open- For Now

The LCBO and the union representing 6000 workers have agreed to play nice and continue negotiations by extending the strike deadline.

Bar owners, wine and hard liquor drinkers breathe a sigh of relief- for now.

People are optimistic that the extension of the strike deadline is an indication the two sides are close to a resolution- something that can’t be said for the “other” strike that has been eating up so much airtime in the local news. There has never been a strike at the LCBO but if there were, it would cost them $3.5 million a day. I knew the LCBO was profitable but not to the tune of $1.3 billion. Given the state of the economy, Ontario (as a “have-not” province) needs all the revenue it can get right now.

Apparently it was a veritable Liquorpolooza yesterday as people scrambled to stock up while they could. Every news outlet talked about it as if it was a “liquor apocalypse.” The LCBO did over $17 million in sales on Monday, more than double the average.

Many bars were stocking up in for Pride but especially for the big events happening this weekend. With everything else happening this weekend, they can’t risk running out of alcohol!

Stores were selling out in everyone’s rush to be good scouts- be prepared, that is. I didn’t bother since I have a pretty big stash already and I am not a big drinker.

But I could use a bottle or two of vodka…. I should venture into the liquor store in The Atrium after work today- just in case.


~ by angryegg on June 24, 2009.

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