In an attempt to “keep jobs for our brothers and sisters in the Valley,” a representative of the BCGEU Local 502 asked Comox council to reject a potential zoning plan which could allow liquor sales in grocery stores in the town.
Kris Tewinkel, representing BC Liquor Stores unionized employees, told council if BC Wines are now allowed to be sold in stores, “it opens the door to everything else. Our community can use more money in ourselves.”
The B.C. government has implemented a number of changes to B.C. liquor regulations, and liquor sales are now allowed in grocery stores, upon meeting certain conditions.
In his report to council, planner Marvin Kamenz said the Comox zoning bylaw allows grocery and convenience stores under the retail store use, but it specifically excludes a liquor store.
At a committee of the whole meeting in October, a recommendation was approved to direct staff to draft a bylaw amendment for consideration to allow liquor sales in grocery stores.
Effective Jan. 23, 2017, all types of businesses will be able to apply for a liquor primary licence, as long as they do not operate from a motor vehicle or target minors.