Council unanimous in its opposition of 7-Eleven serving alcohol

This post, from April 2, has details on Council’s objection, lead by Cllr. Danko, to 7-Eleven’s application for in-store consumption of beer and wine.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

In February, news broke that the 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores had applied for licences to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to allow for in-store consumption of beer and wine.

As Ward 8 is one of only two wards currently hosting a 7-Eleven franchise in the City of Hamilton, Councillor Danko and neighbouring residents have objected to the reported application of the chain to the province to allow it to serve alcohol in its stores.

For more details, please continue reading below…

The 7-Eleven in question located in Ward 8 is at the corner of Upper Wellington and Brucedale Ave in the Centremount neighbourhood and surrounded by single-family homes. There are also many small retailers, a few service stations and a Temple down the street.

With both Cllr. Danko and area residents voicing their concerns already to the AGCO, the Councillor presented a motion to City Council on March 31 to file an official objection to liquor license applications from store locations at 622 Upper Wellington St. in Ward 8 and 415 Melvin Ave. in Ward 4. The motion passed unanimously, creating a unified voice in opposition.

The motion introduced by Councillor Danko opposed the liquor licenses for the following reasons:

  • The 622 Upper Wellington St. store is located in the Centremount neighbourhood, and that in-store consumption of beer and wine at a convenience store would be problematic for drivers and pedestrians in the community. 
  • The 415 Melvin Ave. location, near Woodward Avenue and Barton Street, has nearby playgrounds and Hillcrest Elementary School.

Danko told CBC Hamilton that “nobody’s really sure why 7-Eleven is looking for in-store alcohol consumption, but obviously there’s far-ranging consequences to the community if this were to be allowed.”

He went on to add that “we only have two 7-Eleven stores (in Hamilton), but what applies to 7-Eleven could conceivably apply to any convenience store across the city.”

According to the CBC Hamilton article, Ken Leendertse, the city’s director of licensing and by-law services, said that because of the city’s opposition it means the AGCO will have to hold a tribunal to decide on the liquor license applications. The city will be able to send a representative to the tribunal to explain why Hamilton opposes the licenses.

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