SFU students, rejoice: a BC Liquor Store is coming to Burnaby Mountain

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Rousing games of beer pong just became a whole lot easier for SFU students.

A BC Liquor Store is set to open in the UniverCity development that’s adjacent to Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Mountain campus. It will be in the Cornerstone building right near the main bus loop, according to Viola Kaminski with the BC Liquor Distribution Branch.

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“We always love to meet the needs of our customers when we open liquor store – you know, locations that are close to other complimentary services and businesses,” Kaminski tells Vancity Buzz. “With the subdivision up there, there are 3,000 permanent residents – and then, of course, we have the student population as well.”

Indeed, before this, the Highland Pub was the only place on campus that students could purchase alcohol, and even then, they couldn’t bring it back to their dorms or townhouses. One former SFU student told Vancity Buzz having to haul bags of liquor on the bus as a “total drag.”

Anecdotally, Kaminski says the response thus far has been very positive from students and residents alike.

The new store will feature energy efficient lighting, will be warm and contemporary looking, will feature recycled materials, and, most importantly, fridges will be onsite for cold beer and wine sales.

And just remember, if you’re under 19, you will get carded. Kaminski says they’re going to be vigilant about checking IDs.

The store is still under construction, but she says they’re aiming for a late spring opening date.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story said wines will be organized in the new store by varietals rather than region. This will not be the case. 

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