Cooper's in Eldon prepares to sell booze

Dave Stewart
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Newest agency liquor store opens Aug. 1

David Cooper, who owns and operates Coopers Red & White in Eldon, expects to start selling beer, wine and spirits on Wednesday.

Staff at Cooper's Red & White in Eldon were busy Tuesday and are back at it again today stocking the shelves with beer, wine and spirits.

The section of the store selling liquor measures 16 feet by 27 feet.

David Cooper, who owns and operates the Eldon convenience store, said his liquor licence kicks in Wednesday and that's when he expects to start selling it.

The P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission board recently approved a number of businesses across the province after they responded to requests for proposals issued looking for privately owned businesses interested in operating agency liquor stores.

Other agency stores include Mel's Petro-Canada on St. Peter's Road, the convenience store in Kinkora as well as sites in Cavendish and the Murray Harbour-Murray River area.

Location, parking, wheelchair accessibility and any renovations that would be needed and how quickly those renovations could be completed all played a part in the decision-making process.

Agency stores will purchase alcohol from the province and will be paid a royalty for the sale of the liquor in their stores.

They will all carry a core list of products, to be determined by the PEILCC and changed as local markets dictate.

Organizations: P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission, Petro-Canada, PEILCC

Geographic location: Eldon, Kinkora, Cavendish Murray Harbour-Murray River

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Recent comments

  • Bill Kays
    August 01, 2012 - 13:45

    The government should not be selling liquor or spirits, or beer, etc. It should all be sold by whoever wants to sell it. Again the government wants to legislate what substances I decide to put into my body, whether it is food, drugs, liquor or what have you. They do not want to lose the tax revenue created by the sales. So it is not in governments best interest to let others sell it. Sounds very much like a drug dealer wanting to protect his profits even if those profits are made upon the backs of the poor. As you know class discrimination is still going on by the government, more so today than ever. It shows by government not taxing the wealthiest amongst us their fair share. We need politicians we can trust. Do you know of any?

  • wondering
    August 01, 2012 - 07:48

    Wondering if Cooper's are going to make their store wheelchair accessible. Not as of yet.

  • Donnie
    July 31, 2012 - 16:06

    This will cut down on those drunk drivers! Easier access to alcohol! I feel bad for Slick's revenue though....

  • Lane Knight
    July 31, 2012 - 10:52

    Well, it is about time! PEI enters the 20th century, a few years late. Year round Sunday shopping is just around the corner!

  • Ghiz supporter
    July 31, 2012 - 10:18

    Just allow ALL stores in pei to sell wine and beer.