7-Eleven Canada will soon be serving beer and wine in Leamington, Ont., having secured a liquor sales licence from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). The liquor sales licence for the location is a first for 7-Eleven Canada in Ontario and the beginning of a wider provincial expansion.
Products for dine-in will include a variety of chilled beer, wines, and coolers, including local Ontario-made products.
“The licensed restaurant complements 7-Eleven Canada’s focus on fresh and prepared foods. Trained cooks prepare chicken wings cooked fresh in the store’s commercial-grade kitchen. Chicken strips, chicken sandwiches, and potato wedges are also prepared fresh in-store daily, as well as pizza hot from the oven in minutes. Other items include hotdogs, hot and cold sandwiches made locally and delivered fresh daily, and crispy taquitos, and more,” a media release states.
“Fresh food drives our business,” says Marc Goodman, vice-president and general manager, 7-Eleven Canada. “With the addition of beer and wine, we’re excited to offer our adult patrons a full-menu dining experience–not unlike the thousands of other restaurants in Ontario. We’re pleased to be creating new employment opportunities and investing in local Ontario communities, like Leamington, home to 7-Eleven since 1999.”
The licensed restaurant at Leamington now features a full remodel and an enclosed dining area. Similar investments in 7-Eleven locations have led to nine new licensed restaurants this year in Alberta.
Some key details regarding licensed 7-Eleven Canada locations include:
– Service in the licensed dining area will be overseen by Smart Serve trained employees.
-Alcohol products will be secured in locked cabinets and coolers, accessible only by employees.
– 7-Eleven Canada’s service policy is to ID anyone who looks 30 years old or younger.
– Limited hours of operation for beverage alcohol will be from noon until 11 p.m.
Licensing of the Leamington location followed the AGCO’s liquor licencing process, which includes a 30-day public comment period, as well as approvals and inspections from the local Public Health Unit, building and fire departments, and the AGCO.