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NEWS RELEASE · 31st May 2012
BC Liquor Distribution Branch
General stores in destination resort communities can now apply for the ability to provide liquor service, thanks to a change in rural agency store policy announced today by Minister Rich Coleman.

Previously, the policy stated the resort must have substantial permanent accommodation for tourists. Following an amendment, the word 'permanent' has been removed to allow popular destinations with recreation mobile homes to open rural agency stores and better serve tourists.

Rural agency store regulations allow the sale of alcohol in rural communities and major tourist destination resorts in B.C. where no other liquor store service exists.


The criteria for establishing a rural agency store in a tourist destination resort are:

* The proposed location is a minimum of 10-kilometres driving distance from the nearest existing liquor store, where access is by all-weather road.

* A rural agency store will not be authorized within city limits or within the municipal boundaries of an urban community.

* The resort must have substantial accommodation for tourists.

* There is a suitable business to accommodate a rural agency store such as an independently-owned full-service general grocery store, which has been in business for at least one year, whose business is not associated in any manner with a chain store operation.

* The community must support the establishment of a rural agency store.
Liquor stores and police stations
Comment by David on 1st June 2012
Given the BC govt is condoning and promoting drug abuse and drug dealing, will the BC government be increasing its police presence in the same rural areas being targeted for increased alcohol consumption?

Will the resorts be required to have family violence counselors on site?

Will northern hospitals be getting increased funding to treat alcohol-induced psychosis, cancers, and cirrhosis of the liver?

What does the RCMP have to say about this?