North Edmonton 7-Eleven adds alcohol to the mix – .

North Edmonton 7-Eleven adds alcohol to the mix – .

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Customers heading to a 7-Eleven in North Edmonton for a slurpee or gas tank can also stock up on wine or stay and enjoy a beer.

The store at 14110 127 St. in the Pembina neighborhood began selling alcohol this week. Visitors can purchase a single can or crate of various types of alcohol to take away, or sit on one of the tables in the small seating area next to the cash register. Alcohol will be sold from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to an employee.

A customer, Bobitto Garcia, says it’s convenient, but he doesn’t think he’ll buy or drink alcohol there himself.

“They probably sell cheap booze, baby.” I drink premium, ”he says. “I’m too rowdy for 7-Eleven. They barely let me in here as it is.

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Borough Council Anirniq Erin Rutherford announced on Instagram on Monday that it was the chain’s first fully licensed store on the continent.

Garcia was impressed to learn that his local store was the first: “I think it’s cool, it’s in my neighborhood, it’s my 7-Eleven… I think it’s legit.

Mukhtar Rajab, director of the Hudson Medical Clinic and Pharmacy in the square next door, thinks it’s a convenient place to sell alcohol, even if he doesn’t drink himself.

But allowing consumption on the spot is a problem, says Rajab. He is concerned that there may be safety concerns and does not want to see more convenience stores in the city serving alcohol to people who sit and stay.

“The drinking places should at least be watched… but here you can’t do that,” he says. “You’re going to have a bar on every corner. I’m not really sure I like this idea.

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“People, they can do whatever they want with their life. They can drink, they can have fun, but at least they can do it at home.

Sharna Williams-Bernard, who works with Rajab, also thinks it’s a convenient place to buy alcohol, but doesn’t think people should drink inside the store: “Best thing I guess, would be: buy, go. “

Postmedia contacted 7-Eleven for comment, but did not receive a response in time.

The Edmonton location is the only licensed 7-Eleven in Alberta, according to the Alberta Liquor Gaming and Cannabis website. Its license came into effect on October 25, 2021.

The chain also asked to sell alcohol in dozens of places in Ontario earlier this year.

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