Consumers and small businesses in rural communities will benefit from an expansion of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s agency store network.
Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Liquor Control Act, announced today, June 10, that government has approved new agency stores for seven communities.
“We’re pleased to expand this network for the first time in seven years and provide rural communities with additional economic activity and employment opportunities,” said Ms. Whalen. “Rural businesses are important in their communities, and they want to offer good services to their customers.
“We’ve heard from businesses and rural residents and this is an opportunity for government to support them.”
Government has approved agency stores for the following communities:
— East Bay/Ben Eoin area, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
— Cape North area, Victoria Co.
— Port Bickerton area, Guysborough Co.
— Brookfield area, Colchester Co.
— Peggy’s Cove area, Halifax Regional Municipality
— Centreville area, Digby Co.
— Concession area, Digby Co.
The NSLC will issue requests for proposals this week for these areas and award agency stores to successful applicants.
Agency stores are local businesses which are authorized to sell a selection of alcoholic beverages in rural areas. The first eight stores opened in 2001. There are presently 51 agency stores operating in co-ops, general and convenience stores, and markets across Nova Scotia.