The P.E.I. government should allow all convenience stores to sell alcohol if they wish, says the Atlantic Convenience Store Association.

'They should all have the same opportunity.' - Mike Hammoud

Last year the province provided agency licences to about a half dozen convenience stores across the province, in areas seen as underserved by provincial stores. The P.E.I. government says sales at those stores has been strong, while sales at provincial stores has gone down.

Mike Hammoud, president of the Atlantic Convenience Store Association, said his group has had some preliminary discussion with the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission.

"We are not big fans of having have and have nots," said Hammoud.

"Our argument has always been that if there are two or three stores in that community and all of them fit the criteria that is necessary — and one of them might beat them out by a point or two points or whatever — but if they all meet the criteria they should all have the same opportunity to sell the product."

Liquor Control Commission director Jamie MacLeod said the issue hasn't been brought up at the board level. The commission is not, he said, planning on creating any more agency liquor stores at this time.

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