Coolers, 30-packs of beer coming to Ontario grocery, big-box stores

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Ontarians will soon be able to buy alcoholic drinks like coolers outside of the LCBO, as the Ford government expands on where booze can be bought in the province.

“[Ontarians] are excited to hear that they’re finally being treated as adults,” Premier Doug Ford said during a Friday press conference in Etobicoke.

Ford announced on Friday that starting Aug. 1, Ontarians will be able to buy alcoholic beverages like coolers and other pre-mixed drinks at grocery stores currently licensed to sell beer, cider and wine.

After Sept. 5, all eligible convenience stores will be able to sell beer, cider, wine and ready-to-drink beverages, as well.

And after Oct. 31, big-box stores will also be eligible to sell those beverages.

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