The Beer Store launches home delivery pilot project in Ottawa

Beer Store
Beer Store

Beer drinkers in two Ontario communities can now have their brew of choice brought straight to their door.

The Beer Store announced Tuesday that home delivery is now available in Ottawa and the east Toronto area known as Scarborough.

Beer Store District Manager Mario Di Paolo said the limited roll-out is part of a pilot project intended to help modernize the company’s offerings.

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He said the store is open to expanding its home delivery options.

“The research and the next few months will tell us what we can do to eventually grow the business beyond where we are right now,” Di Paolo said at a news conference.

Residents in the designated delivery areas will be able to choose from the Beer Store’s more than 800 offerings and place an order that will be fulfilled within two hours.

The Beer Store notes, however, that delivery times may be longer during high volume periods or in challenging driving conditions.

All orders must be placed before the end of normal business hours and base delivery fees will be charged, varying by location. In the Ottawa area, the fee will be $8, while it will be $9.75 in the Scarborough area. There is also a $20 minimum for the orders.

Word of the home delivery option comes months after Ontario’s primary purveyor of alcoholic drinks launched a home delivery program of its own.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario launched an online store last summer offering more than 5,000 products for either in-store pickup or home delivery.

The LCBO said it registered $1.7 million in sales during the first three months of the online business.

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