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:

LocationOwnership typeNew store or previous government-owned store?

Aberdeen

entrepreneurnew private store 
BattlefordSobeysprivatized former SLGA store
Bienfaitentrepreneurnew private store 
Broadviewco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
Canoraco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
Carrot Riverentrepreneurprivatized former SLGA store
Dalmenyco-operativenew private store
Davidsonco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
Emerald Park/White CitySobeysnew private store 
Foam Lakeentrepreneurprivatized former SLGA store
Gravelbourgco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
Gull Lakeco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
Hagueentrepreneurnew private store 
Hudson Bayentrepreneurprivatized former SLGA store
Indian Headentrepreneurprivatized former SLGA store
Kamsackentrepreneurprivatized former SLGA store
Kelvingtonentrepreneurprivatized former SLGA store
KindersleySobeysprivatized former SLGA store
Kiplingentrepreneurprivatized former SLGA store
Laniganliquor store employeeprivatized former SLGA store
Leaderownership group including liquor store employeeprivatized former SLGA store
Lloydminsterliquor store employeeprivatized former SLGA store
Maple Creekco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
MelvilleSobeysprivatized former SLGA store
Moose JawSobeysnew private store 
Oslerentrepreneurnew private store 
Outlookentrepreneurprivatized former SLGA store
Pilot Butteentrepreneurnew private store 
Preecevilleliquor store employeeprivatized former SLGA store
Raymoreco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
ReginaSobeysone Regina outlet will be a new private store, one will be a converted former public SLGA store (12th Avenue and Broad Street)
ReginaMetro Liquor, a B.C.-based liquor retailer working with Saskatchewan partnersone Regina outlet will be a new private store, one will be a converted former public SLGA store (12th Avenue and Broad Street)
Rosetownbusiness owners in Yellowknife with ties to Saskatchewan, according to government releaseprivatized former SLGA store
Rosthernownership group including liquor store employeeprivatized former SLGA store
SaskatoonSobeysone Saskatoon outlet will be a new private store, two will be converted former public SLGA stores (20th St. W and Market Mall locations)
SaskatoonMetro Liquor, a B.C.-based liquor retailer working with Saskatchewan partnersone Saskatoon outlet will be a new private store, two will be converted former public SLGA stores (20th St. W and Market Mall locations)
SaskatoonLiquor Stores North America, based in Edmontonone Saskatoon outlet will be a new private store, two will be converted former public SLGA stores (20th St. W and Market Mall locations)
Shaunavonco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
Shellbrookentrepreneurprivatized former SLGA store
St. Walburgownership group including liquor store employeeprivatized former SLGA store
Stoughtonco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
TisdaleSobeysprivatized former SLGA store
Unityco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
Wadenaco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
Wakawentrepreneurprivatized former SLGA store
WaskesiuSaskatchewan-based partnership of small business ownersprivatized former SLGA store
Watsonco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
Wilkieco-operativeprivatized former SLGA store
Wynyardbusiness owners in Yellowknife with ties to Saskatchewan, according to government releaseprivatized former SLGA store
YorktonSobeysnew 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.