April 12, 2016 - 8:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - Wine may becoming to the aisles of a Kamloops grocery store this summer.
The city received an application from Overwaitea Foods to allow wine to be sold in the Sahali Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Food spokesperson Julie Dickson says in an email.
City planning and development supervisor Eric Beach confirms the city received the development variance permit application April 4.
Beach says the variance is to amend a bylaw to allow liquor to be sold within one kilometre of an existing liquor store. The Save-On-Foods at Columbia Street and Summit Drive is within a couple hundred metres of a B.C. Liquor Stores.
Overwaitea recently bought the license from the now closed Discovery Wines, which was in the same complex as the Save-On-Foods and on the same block as the liquor store. Beach notes the bylaw was only recently put in place by the city.
It will be awhile before the application is seen by council, with Beach estimating it taking six to eight weeks before it is in front of council. He says city staff will first have to write up a report. However, if council decides to approve the variance, wine could be on the shelves right away, though it will be up to the grocery store as to an exact timeline, Beach says.
He notes the application says they’d be selling VQA approved wines, and they’ll be under provincial regulations when it comes to what type of alcohol can be sold.
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