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No more respite from outdoor line-ups for Whitehorse liquor store customers

Emailed orders and curbside pick-up of liquor end in Whitehorse this week. The service was put in place ahead of the busy Christmas season.

Emailed liquor orders and curbside pick-up to end in Whitehorse this week

Yukon liquor store customers in Whitehorse had the option since last month of emailing their order and then picking it up at the liquor corporation's warehouse. That service ends Friday. (Wayne Vallevand/CBC)

A curbside liquor pick-up service in Whitehorse put in for the Christmas season ends Friday.

The program allows people to order alcohol products by email and then pick them up at the Yukon Liquor Corporation's warehouse, said the director of sales and purchasing, Daniel Carrick-Specht.

"We looked at December, and because it is our busy holiday season for us and the physical distancing needed for our customers and stuff, we brought in the email ordering to reduce the line-ups at the liquor store," he said.

The program was a success, Carrick-Specht said.

The busiest day was Dec. 23, he said, when 81 orders were filled at the warehouse. Overall, Carrick-Specht said, about three per cent of the sales during December in the Whitehorse area were done at the curbside.

The curbside pickup service allowed customers to avoid long line-ups outside the Whitehorse liquor store. (Wayne Vallevand/CBC)

He said the corporation took on temporary workers for the program, but there won't be enough demand from customers for the remainder of the winter to justify leaving it in place.

Liquor sales in 2020 were down May through August, Carrick-Specht said, climbing back to normal in the fall.

December's sales were nine per cent higher than 2019, he said.

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