Ontario Korean Businessmen’s Association supports Ford government direction on Alcohol Modernization

TORONTO – May 28, 2019 – Ontario’s independent convenience store owners are united in their support for the recommendations laid out in Ontario Special Advisor Ken Hughes report to Finance Minister Vic Fedeli published yesterday. After raising awareness on several key issues in their “Save our Stores” campaign launched in 2017, independent convenience store operators are very pleased that the Ford government has announced its intention to modernize alcohol sales in the province.

“We are very excited that Mr. Hughes’ report recommended increasing choice and expanding opportunity in Ontario when it comes to alcohol sales”, said OKBA spokesperson Kenny Shim. “We have long known that our members, many of whom are the cornerstone of their local community, are responsible retailers who already have the training and responsibility to sell age restricted products like alcohol. 

The Ontario Korean Businessmen’s Association (OKBA) is the largest organization of independent convenience stores in the province. Since 2009, more than 500 OKBA members have closed down their businesses as a result of the ever-worsening business environment in the province.


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