7-Eleven prepares to serve beer and wine

(Photo courtesy of the Corporation of 7-Eleven)

Imagine stopping by your neighbourhood 7-Eleven to buy Slurpees for the kids and a beer for yourself.

The convenience store giant has applied to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to sell and serve beer and wine.

7-Eleven has 62 stores across Ontario.

Legalizing corner store beer and wine sales was a key promise in Premier Doug Ford’s 2018 election campaign.

Legislation extending liquor licenses to convenience stores has not yet passed. However, applications are in the public comment stage of the process.

“To complement our fresh food and hot food programs, we are preparing for in-store service of a small selection of Ontario-made beer and wine products,” said Hannah ter Weeme from 7-Eleven. “Should we be successful in obtaining licenses, all staff handling alcohol products will be SmartServe trained.”

Alcohol would be available in a designated area of the store during limited hours.

The corporation has applied for five licenses in Windsor, three in London and one in Chatham. Applications are also pending for locations in Sarnia, Wheatley, Stratford, and Leamington.

Inquiries regarding the extent of renovations at locations permitted to sell beer and wine were left unanswered.