Mixed reaction to sale of wine in local grocery stores

Mixed reactions by local residents to NB Liquor's plan to allow the sale of wine in the province's grocery stores.

The program is expected to be operational in Sobeys and Atlantic Superstore locations in New Brunswick by June.

While local shoppers welcome the increased convenience, there is scepticism over product selection as well concern over young people being exposed to alcoholic drinks.

NB Liquor says the stores will be required to check ID and that up to 75 products will be carried, including table, sparkling and "Made in New Brunswick" wines.

Since the pilot project was launched in 2014, more than 401,000 litres of wine was sold in select grocery stores.

That represents 2.14 per cent of total wine sales and total revenues of $4.9 million. 

(with files from the Northern Light)