Saskatchewan

Embattled Saskatoon wine store to close

Cava Wines, a Saskatoon specialty store that had run afoul of the province's liquor and gaming authority, will close it doors on May 29, the company says.

Cava Wines, a Saskatoon specialty store that had run afoul of the province's liquor and gaming authority, will close its doors on May 29, the company says.

In a news release, issued late Wednesday afternoon, the company said it would accept the decision of the authority, which was terminating a franchise agreement with the seller.

"After much deliberation and several attempts to seek an alternative to this decision, including offers of probation, penalties and change of senior management, it is clear that the SLGA’s decision is final and we will no longer dispute this matter," the company said.

According to the release, the wine store violated its franchise agreement with the authority by bringing in product on its own and not through the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.

"We take responsibility for that action and will accept the consequences of it," the release said.

The company, which opened its doors in 2007, said they will continue to operate other elements of the business not regulated by SLGA.

Those included specialty foods, stemware, tableware, kitchenware and appliances.

"We look forward to continuing to serve Saskatoon with these free-enterprise products and services for many years to come in Saskatchewan," the release said, making note of the province's presence in the liquor business.

 

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