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Liquor Retail RFPs Released for Next 20 Communities

Released on July 25, 2016

The application process for retail liquor store permits in 20 more communities begins today.

The communities are: Aberdeen, Battleford, Carrot River, Dalmeny, Hague, Hudson Bay, Kelvington, Osler, Outlook, Preeceville, Rosetown, Rosthern, Shellbrook, St. Walburg, Tisdale, Unity, Wadena, Wakaw, Waskesiu and Wilkie.

Successful proponents will be selected through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.  There is one opportunity available in each of the 20 communities.

“This third round of RFPs includes communities outside of the province’s cities,” Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Don McMorris said.  “For this round, successful proponents for these locations will have the option to operate an integrated or standalone retail operation.”

In November 2015, government announced changes that will see an expanded private liquor retail system in Saskatchewan.  This includes the conversion of 40 existing government liquor stores to private opportunities as well as the addition of 11 new retail opportunities.  Conversion of the Melfort liquor store will take place in 2019 when its current lease expires.

The RFP documents outline details relating to criteria, process, timelines and other relevant information pertaining to obtaining a retail store permit and can be found at www.SaskTenders.ca.  The successful proponents must also meet the standard terms required to obtain a commercial liquor permit.  Deadline to apply for any of these 20 opportunities is September 7.

Any questions about the RFP requirements, process or guidelines should be submitted by email (only) to rfp.inquiries@slga.gov.sk.ca.

Please see the attached backgrounder for additional information as well as specific opening and closing application dates for each of 51 available retail store permits.

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For more information, contact:

David Morris
Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority
Regina
Phone: 306-787-1721
Email: dmorris@slga.gov.sk.ca

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