UniverCity liquor store in the works

Liquor store proposals for Burnaby are now trickling in as the B.C. government's overhaul of its liquor laws begins to take effect.

Changes include everything from allowing liquor stores to be located inside grocery stores to reductions in the distance required between liquor stores from five kilometres down to one kilometre.

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B.C. liquor stores can also be open on Sundays.

At Monday night's council meeting, Coun. Nick Volkow questioned city staff on how the applications for Burnaby liquor store changes would by handled.

"Are we anticipating them coming in one at a time?" he asked.

While the city is expecting liquor store rezoning applications now that the B.C. liquor reforms are underway, the city's director of planning and building, Lou Pelletier, said they couldn't be sure what they might be or when they'll come.

The first to arrive was a proposal for a B.C. Liquor Store in the UniverCity neighbourhood, across from Nester's Market.

Burnaby city council passed a motion Monday night to advance the rezoning application from SFU Community Trust to a public hearing.

The liquor store would be located on University High Street. The proposed operating hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Council also received a rezoning application to extend the hours of another B.C. Liquor Store. The store opened last August in Kensington Square Mall.

The application from the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch proposes extending the hours to 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Both applications are going to public hearing on April 28 at 7 p.m. in council chambers at city hall.

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