According to the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association, two thirds of Islanders think beer and wine should be sold in convenience stores.
All survey participants were asked “To what extent would you support or oppose that Prince Edward Island convenience stores should be allowed to sell packaged beer and wine to adult customers?” Response options included one of strongly oppose, oppose, somewhat oppose, somewhat support, support or strongly support.
“We are talking about a bottle of mainstream wine on a Sunday afternoon, to go with a barbeque or a couple of cans of beer, purchased on the way home, to enjoy that night watching the hockey game. These are convenience and impulse sales. They are profitable for producers, the Province and retailers. If these products are available the result is incremental sales and taxes; if they are not, the result is lost sales.” Says Mike Hammoud, president of the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association
The convenience channel works. The vast majority of beer in Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Alberta, all 50 of the United States, and European countries is sold through convenience stores.
The research was commissioned by the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association and conducted independently by MQO Research in June, 2017. Results are accurate within plus or minus five percentage points 19 times out of 20.