Saskatchewan

Locations, owners announced for 50 private liquor stores

Fourteen of the successful proposals come from co-operatives, nine from Sobeys, and six selected owners are Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority employees affected by the privatization of stores.

Former SLGA employees to operate 6 stores

Successful proponents have been selected for 50 private and privatized liquor stores. (Neil Cochrane/CBC)

The Saskatchewan government has announced the list of store locations and owners involved in the major privatization overhaul of its liquor system.

The change involves the privatization of 39 existing government-owned liquor stores and permitting 11 more private liquor stores to open.

The plan to convert approximately half of the government-owned liquor stores to private liquor stores was announced in 2015, before the latest provincial election in April. The government said at that time it wouldn't go ahead with the plan until after the election.

Liquor store employees to operate 6 stores

When the Saskatchewan government first announced its plans to privatize the stores, it said 170 workers would receive job-loss notices, and that those affected would receive preferential treatment during the bidding process for the permits to operate the new private stores. 

The government requested proposals in July, and now the successful proponents have been selected for the 50 stores. Fourteen of the successful proposals come from co-operatives, nine from Sobeys, and six selected owners are Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) employees affected by the changes. 

When, where private stores are opening

Before receiving permits, the people who proposed to operate the stores must complete the regulatory portion of the application process. 

The government says the 39 existing SLGA stores that are converting to private stores will continue to operate until the new locations are open. Those 39 stores set to be privatized include SLGA locations at 20th St. W and Market Mall in Saskatoon and 12th Avenue and Broad Street in Regina.

Opening dates for the new stores will vary, depending on whether new stores are being built or if renovations are planned. A government release says many of the stores are opening within one year, and stores in Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton, Melville, Lloydminster, Moose Jaw and Kindersley must open in 2018.

People and businesses have successfully applied to run private stores in the following communities:

Location Ownership type New store or previous government-owned store?

Aberdeen

entrepreneur new private store 
Battleford Sobeys privatized former SLGA store
Bienfait entrepreneur new private store 
Broadview co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Canora co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Carrot River entrepreneur privatized former SLGA store
Dalmeny co-operative new private store
Davidson co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Emerald Park/White City Sobeys new private store 
Foam Lake entrepreneur privatized former SLGA store
Gravelbourg co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Gull Lake co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Hague entrepreneur new private store 
Hudson Bay entrepreneur privatized former SLGA store
Indian Head entrepreneur privatized former SLGA store
Kamsack entrepreneur privatized former SLGA store
Kelvington entrepreneur privatized former SLGA store
Kindersley Sobeys privatized former SLGA store
Kipling entrepreneur privatized former SLGA store
Lanigan liquor store employee privatized former SLGA store
Leader ownership group including liquor store employee privatized former SLGA store
Lloydminster liquor store employee privatized former SLGA store
Maple Creek co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Melville Sobeys privatized former SLGA store
Moose Jaw Sobeys new private store 
Osler entrepreneur new private store 
Outlook entrepreneur privatized former SLGA store
Pilot Butte entrepreneur new private store 
Preeceville liquor store employee privatized former SLGA store
Raymore co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Regina Sobeys one Regina outlet will be a new private store, one will be a converted former public SLGA store (12th Avenue and Broad Street)
Regina Metro Liquor, a B.C.-based liquor retailer working with Saskatchewan partners one Regina outlet will be a new private store, one will be a converted former public SLGA store (12th Avenue and Broad Street)
Rosetown business owners in Yellowknife with ties to Saskatchewan, according to government release privatized former SLGA store
Rosthern ownership group including liquor store employee privatized former SLGA store
Saskatoon Sobeys one Saskatoon outlet will be a new private store, two will be converted former public SLGA stores (20th St. W and Market Mall locations)
Saskatoon Metro Liquor, a B.C.-based liquor retailer working with Saskatchewan partners one Saskatoon outlet will be a new private store, two will be converted former public SLGA stores (20th St. W and Market Mall locations)
Saskatoon Liquor Stores North America, based in Edmonton one Saskatoon outlet will be a new private store, two will be converted former public SLGA stores (20th St. W and Market Mall locations)
Shaunavon co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Shellbrook entrepreneur privatized former SLGA store
St. Walburg ownership group including liquor store employee privatized former SLGA store
Stoughton co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Tisdale Sobeys privatized former SLGA store
Unity co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Wadena co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Wakaw entrepreneur privatized former SLGA store
Waskesiu Saskatchewan-based partnership of small business owners privatized former SLGA store
Watson co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Wilkie co-operative privatized former SLGA store
Wynyard business owners in Yellowknife with ties to Saskatchewan, according to government release privatized former SLGA store
Yorkton Sobeys new private store 

11 new stores slated for 'underserved' communities

The government said population and expected growth in 11 communities showed they could support new private liquor stores. Those include locations in Regina and Saskatoon, though it's not clear in which specific neighbourhoods those stores will open. Moose Jaw, Yorkton, Emerald Park/White City, Aberdeen, Pilot Butte, Dalmeny, Osler, Hague and Bienfait are also on that list.