While the social impacts of excess liquor consumption are well known, there is a strong business case for the addition of another liquor venue in our community, says Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce CEO Larry Fladager. The Chamber is not advocating for an expanded retail liquor market at the expense of social responsibility or community safety. The Chamber does not support the flow of discount liquor in Prince Albert, which only exacerbates our community’s social issues.
The Chamber, in its role as an advocate for local business in Prince Albert, points out that there are economic opportunities that come with more choice and opportunity. A high-end liquor store would be a welcome addition to the local business community.
The Chamber’s comments are in line with the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, which also supports an expanded private retail system for liquor sales across the province.
“An expanded liquor market in Prince Albert would not only mean more choice and selection for consumers, but would lead to the creation of additional jobs, investment in infrastructure and growth in the local tax base,” Fladager said.
“Consumers will enjoy expanded product lines with a variety of choices not currently available in Prince Albert.”