Consumers encouraged to stock up in advance of looming LCBO strike

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is encouraging customers to stock up in advance of a possible strike.

The liquor control agency is currently bargaining with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on July 5, 2024.

The two parties have been negotiating since March, but in June the union called “the biggest LCBO strike vote ever,” where 97 per cent voted in favour of strike action.

If a strike does happen, all LCBO retail locations–including those at 1105 Thompson Road and 379 Gorham Road–will close for a period of 14 days to “transition to an updated operations model.”

After that two-week period, 30 stores will open three days a week–Friday, Saturday and Sunday–with limited hours. It is uncertain whether the Thompson and Gorham locations will be among those 30.

There will be “reasonable caps” on products in store and online.

The website and mobile app, however, will continue to accept orders for free delivery.

According to the LCBO, a strike would not impact the approximately 2,300 private retail points of sale across the province, which includes the convenience outlets in Stevensville Garden Gallery (2821 Stevensville Rd.) and Netherby Variety on the border of Welland.

Consumers could also purchase alcohol at licensed grocery stores, the Beer Store, or by visiting wineries, breweries, cider outlets or distilleries, as well as at bars and restaurants.

The Peace Bridge Duty Free (1 Peace Bridge Plaza) would also remain operational.

The LCBO said more information will be released in the event a strike does occur.

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