A debate is “brewing”, or should we say “fermenting”, when it comes to wine sales in grocery stores.
Wineries are opposed to a City of Kamloops proposal to enact a one kilometer distance requirement from existing liquor stores.
BC Wine Institute CEO Miles Prodan says restricting access to BC wine is only protecting private operators.
“I don’t know why the city or any city would be in the business of deciding what the free market can do. If you have a coffee shop and someone else wants to open up a coffee shop across the street, why would the city restrict from that happening, or anything else.”
Prodan says the provincial government’s new liquor laws don’t include location rules when it comes to wine in grocery stores.
Kamloops is holding a public hearing on the issue tomorrow.