The head of the BC Wine Institute is baffled why the City of Vancouver is preventing BC wines from being sold on grocery store shelves, months after the province gave the go-ahead.
Miles Prodan says they’ve partnered with the Urban Fare store on Alberni to sell BC wine there.
He says the shelves were in place April 1st, but the City has continued to delay approval, and he’s not sure why.
“There are no restrictions for BC VQA license. If you wanted to move a private liquor store you can’t do that right next to an existing private liquor store – there is a one kilometre rule that’s in place – but the BC VQA wine store is exempt from that.”
Prodan says a similar set-up at a store in Surrey has had wine on the shelves since they were allowed to do so April 1st.
The City of Vancouver says the license will be on hold until they complete a liquor strategy review – that currently has no time line or end date.