Food Basics in Timmins and Rocheleau’s Your Independent Grocer in Hearst are amongst the 67 grocery stores across the province that can now sell wine. These stores got the green light on Friday and will be the first in the province to be able to stock their shelves

There are restrictions and limitations in place. Grocers will have to sell bottles of wine with a minimum price of $10.95 and beer and cider can have a maximum 7.1 per cent alcohol while wine can be up to 18 per cent. Staff selling alcohol must be at least 18-years-old and properly trained to ensure they don’t sell to minors or anyone who is intoxicated.

Beer was introduced to some grocery stores last December and now wine is being added as a part of the governments plan to liberalize the sale of alcohol in the province.

(Written by: Rudy Kadlec)