LCBO OPENS RELOCATED, EXPANDED THUNDER BAY STORE
June 23, 2015
Toasting with Ontario sparkling wine and Ontario craft beer, the LCBO today officially opened its relocated Thunder Bay store at 1095 Arthur Street West.
This 14,500 square-foot store has a selection of more than 2,000 wines, spirits, beers, ready-to-drink cocktails, coolers and beverage gift packs, and up to 350 VINTAGES premium wines and spirits. Among the store’s many features is a large Ontario wine section at the front of the store with about 440 Ontario wines, including some 290 VQA wines.
Joining Senior Vice-President of Retail Operations Bob Clevely, Regional Director Rick Redwood and LCBO District Manager Phil Aune for the opening were Mayor Keith Hobbs, Councillors Frank Pullia, Paul Pugh, Iain Angus, Shelby Ch’ng and Larry Hebert, Incoming President of United Way Thunder Bay Mike Belliveau and Communications Director United Way Thunder Bay Kristy Pochailo.
As part of LCBO’s commitment to promoting the responsible sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, LCBO retail staff challenged in fiscal 2014-15 more than 13.5 million people who appeared underage, intoxicated or were suspected of purchasing for a minor or an intoxicated person. More than 439,000 individuals were refused service; 88 per cent for reasons of age.
“LCBO is pleased to celebrate with our customers the reopening of our Thunder Bay store on Arthur St. W. This upgraded store with its expanded product selection and services provides one-stop beverage alcohol shopping for area residents and visitors,” said Bob Peter, LCBO President & CEO. “Expanded stores like this increase customer satisfaction and have helped LCBO deliver 21 consecutive years of increasing dividend transfers to the province, including a $1.805 billion dividend for fiscal 2014-15.”
“We would like to thank the LCBO, its employees, and especially its customers for donating over $58,000 last year to support the United Way of Thunder Bay,” says Mike Belliveau, President of United Way of Thunder Bay. “Behind every changed life is someone who made it happen. We thank you all for being that person, and making a real difference for local people – like the individual who has the support to escape a violent domestic situation, the hungry student receiving a nutritious breakfast that he or she can’t get at home, or the person being provided with counselling to help recover from tragedy and loss. With your generosity, you make it possible.”