Curious onlookers gathered to watch the first load of beer come off the truck and into Brier Island’s new NSLC agency store in 2011. Jonathan Riley photo
People on Digby Neck will be able to stock up on cold beer for the August long weekend without coming into town.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation officially awarded an agency licence to Walker’s Convenience in Centreville on Tuesday, July 22 and owner Krissy Walker says her first order is scheduled to arrive Wednesday, July 30.
“The people here can’t wait,” she said. “It’s going to be just like Christmas.”
Walker has emptied some shelves at the back of the store and purchased a new cooler for the alcohol products.
She says she’ll stock any product her customers want to buy.
She hopes the alcohol will mean more traffic through the store and increased sales for other products like ice, pop, lottery items and tobacco.
Because next weekend is a long weekend and because people may come in bigger numbers out of curiosity, she is staffing an extra person from 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation let a tender in June for an agency store on Digby Neck and one near Concession in Digby County, for the East Bay/Ben Eoin area of Cape Breton County, for the Cape North area in Victoria County, for the Port Bickerton area of Guysborough County, for the Brookfield area of Colchester County and one for the Peggy’s Cove area.
The NSLC started awarding licences for private agency stores in 2000 and there are now almost 60 of them in the province.
The NSLC looks to establish agency stores in communities which wouldn’t support a full scale NSLC store – typically these are smaller communities or in remote areas, at least 13 kilometres driving distance from the closest NSLC store and 10 kilometres from the nearest agency store.
[Related: Long Island and Digby want agency store too, June 2011]