NSLC agency stores for Centreville and Concession

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on June 10, 2014
 Chrissie Walker of Walkers Convenience
Riley/ FILE

The people of Digby Neck and Concession may soon have a shorter drive to pick up a case of beer.

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation has issued a request for proposals to set up agency stores, one in each of those two Digby County communities.

Diane Whalen, the minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation wrote to the Clare Digby MLA Gordon Wilson today.

“Rural communities have been telling government for some time that the market existed for the expansion of the NSLC agency store network,” she wrote. “We listened. For the first time in seven years the Government of Nova Scotia has approved the expansion of the agency store network.”

Currently there are 51 agency stores in Nova Scotia, including Robicheau's on Brier Island and Cherry Brook in Bear River.

Krissy Walker owns Walker’s Convenience in Centreville and says she will be applying.

“I’m the only store here, I’m the only one on Digby Neck so this is great news,” she said after hearing the news from Wilson.

“I’ve been trying to get them to do this since I opened three years ago,” she said.

Walker says it should increase sales of everything else in the store and stop people driving by to Digby or worse, taking out money on her debit machine to buy from bootleggers.

The government has issued requests for proposals in seven communities across the province including Ben Eoin and Cape North in Cape Breton, Port Bickerton in Guysborough County, Brookfield in Colchester County and Peggy's Cove.

The RFPs close on July 3 and Mike Maloney, a spokesperson for the NSLC, says it could take some time after that to process the bids, depending on the number of that come in.