Pasadena liquor store’s contract up, may relocate
© Paul Hutchings
The Pasadena Liquor will be moving from its current location at Foodland, to the Irving service station later this month.
PASADENA — Although the Pasadena Liquor Store is at the end of its contract at its current location next to Foodland, the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation says its owners can still submit an expression of interest to continue to host it.
The alcoholic beverage business has been in the building for more than 15 years, and a petition surfaced early this week to keep it there.
No one contacted by The Western Star seemed to know the origin of the petition.
Liquor corporation communications director Greg Gill said the situation is still under active business review, which could be completed by the end of this week, meaning he couldn’t get into specifics.
However, he did say that the Foodland location is at the end of its five-year contract term and the corporation’s standard operating procedure is to put out requests for expressions of interest at the end of a term to see if changes can be made to “better service the needs” of the community.
“This is consistent to our approach to any contract we may have with a liquor operator,” he said. “In many cases the operator re-applies and quite often will continue on as the operator, but it’s not unusual for us to review other submissions.”
Foodland manager Susan Rankin said she fears layoffs and declining sales may result in the liquor corporation pulling out.
“I think a survey said about 19 per cent of our sales here are because of liquor sales,” she said. “Also, they might have to lay people off and I may have to as well, and these are jobs that are right here in the community. People don’t have to go out of town for work.”
Rankin also cited privacy issues, stating that the liquor store facility in its current form means that anyone can go inside and expect a reasonable amount of privacy when shopping for alcoholic beverages.
Liquor Store co-owner Judy Wareham said she had heard that a change could come within eight to 12 weeks.
Gill, however, said it’s a similar situation to what’s happening in Deer Lake, where the contract for Colemans supermarket’s liquor aisle expires later this year and tenders are being sent out.