Saskatchewan Announces New Liquor Store Owners11 New Stores & 39 Conversions
50 privatized liquor stores in Saskatchewan have been announced by the government. 39 SLGA liquor stores will be converted to privately run stores and 11 new retail store permits will be issued.
Sobeys won the most number of stores and will be adding nine stores to the two it currently owns in Saskatchewan. Local Co-ops were awarded 14 stores. Six stores will be taken over by government liquor store employees and some will be working with partners. Other successful bidders include private companies.
The selection process was overseen by SLGA and accounting firm KPMG so there was no political involvement.
The government will be retaining control and profits from SLGA liquor wholesaling.
According to SLGA, the opening dates for new stores will vary, depending on whether it’s a new build or a renovation to an existing store. Most stores must open within 12 months of the announcement date and stores in Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton, Melville, Lloydminster, Moose Jaw and Kindersley must open within 18 months. SLGA stores being privatized will continue operating until the new locations are open.
Following is a list of new liquor store owners:
Aberdeen – Yeuk Ping Chan, owner of Soul Wok Chinese restaurant
Battleford – Sobeys Liquor
Bienfait – Pritpal Singh Hans, Saskatchewan entrepreneur
Broadview – Hometown Co-operative
Canora – Gateway Co-operative
Carrot River – Carrot River Inn
Dalmeny – Hepburn Co-operative
Davidson – Riverbend Co-operative
Emerald Park/White City – Sobeys Liquor
Foam Lake – Eugene & Golda Parry, operators of Foam Lake Husky
Gravelbourg – Southland Co-operative
Gull Lake – Pioneer Co-operative
Hague – 101155892 Saskatchewan Ltd., company operating Hague Service Centre
Hudson Bay – Myhr’s Northeast Service
Indian Head – Ilgyo Alvin Kim & John Kim, owner of Morse Liquor & Grocery Store
Kamsack – Ritchie Industries Ltd., operator of Kamsack Petro Canada
Kelvington – Cindy & Brian Sunderland, owners of Bryson Drilling Ltd.
Kindersley – Sobeys Liquor
Kipling – Gee Bee Construction Co. Ltd.
Lanigan – Laura Bryksa, liquor store employee
Leader – Dustin & Beth Heatcoat, Dwight Hoffman & Gloria Klub, local ownership group that includes a liquor store employee
Lloydminster – Nola Dagenais, Liquor store employee
Maple Creek – Pioneer Co-operative
Melville – Sobeys Liquor
Moose Jaw – Sobeys Liquor
Osler – Suresh Venkatachalam, owner of Samosa King
Outlook – Ourera Investment Corporation, operator of Dynamic Autobody
Pilot Butte – New Horizon Group of Companies
Preeceville – Garth Harris, liquor store employee
Raymore – Last Mountain Co-operative
Regina – Sobeys Liquor
Regina – Metro Liquor (Sask.) Inc., B.C.-based liquor retailer
Rosetown – Adam & Donna Pich, business owners from Yellowknife with ties to Saskatchewan
Rosthern – Reds Liquor and Beer Store, local ownership group that includes a liquor store employee
Saskatoon – Sobeys Liquor
Saskatoon – Metro Liquor (Sask.) Inc.
Saskatoon – Liquor Stores North America, North America’s largest publicly-traded liquor retailer, based in Edmonton
Shaunavon – Shaunavon Co-operative
Shellbrook – Kerb Side Convenience
St. Walburg – Bobby Domes & Philip Jetzke, Local ownership group that includes a liquor store employee
Stoughton – Stoughton Consumers Co-operative
Tisdale – Sobeys Liquor
Unity – Delta Co-operative
Wadena – Wadena Co-operative
Wakaw – Country Crossroads Services
Waskesiu – Darryl Fox, Saskatchewan-based partnership of small business owners
Watson – Midway Co-operative
Wilkie – Delta Co-operative
Wynyard – Adam & Donna Pich
Yorkton – Sobeys Liquor