A Grande Prairie liquor store owner wants the city to have rules in place when it comes to the opening of liquor stores.
Liquor store owner Andrew Cho says, there are 45 liquor stores in the city and five more on the way.
He says the city needs to mimic Edmonton and have a bylaw in place which doesn’t allow a liquor store to be built within a certain radius of another.
“I’ll use Edmonton as an example. They have a 500-metre distance law in between liquor stores, that’s enforced for mature areas,” explained Cho.
Mayor Bill Given says there is a possibility of a bylaw being put in place.
“The land use bylaw is totally within the city’s control and absolutely we do have the ability to regulate different types of businesses. We have the same authority that other municipalities across the province have and I believe that others do have some regulations.”
Given says this issue has been brought to council’s attention in the past.
“The majority view on council in the past has chosen to take the view that liquor stores are regulated by the provincial government under the liquor control act or the appropriate legislation and as a legal business, we’ve been very reluctant to move in to entering into that free market sort of system.”
Council has sent the request to administration for review.