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B.C. Liquor Stores notice 'healthy' increase in sales during virus outbreak

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March 14, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Beyond the coronavirus chaos of hoarding toilet paper and cleaning products, theres one other hot commodity that people are stocking up on — booze.

Kate Bilney, manager of corporate social impact for B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, says there has been a “healthy” increase in sales since COVID-19 has folks considering isolation and quarantine.

“I think generally, customers do tend to stockpile products just in case, and liquor is one of those products people like to have on hand if they’re expecting to be inside for an extended period of time,” Bilney says. “I guess it helps people cope.”

Although Bilney isn’t able to share specific sales increase numbers, she speculates the spike is seen both in large population areas as well as smaller communities across the province. It’s not yet clear what the quarantine liquor of choice is, but Bilney says the company is capable of keeping all the shelves stocked.

“We don't have any numbers we're able to share at this time… but we have seen a healthy increase in sales in our stores,” Bilney says. “We have been able to accommodate all of our retailers and all of our sales.”

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