April 11, 2017

A united voice for British Columbia’s private liquor industry

BC’s Alliance of Beverage Licensees (ABLE BC) is excited to announce a new agreement with the BC Private Liquor Store Association (BCPLSA).

Earlier this month, ABLE BC and the BCPLSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure that all of BC’s private liquor retailers are represented to industry and government by a single organization. Under this agreement, the BCPLSA will officially cease operations and encourage its members to join ABLE BC.

ABLE BC has been British Columbia’s leading liquor industry advocate since 2004. We represent the interests of private liquor stores, bars, pubs, and hotels and work to protect and expand business opportunities for BC’s private liquor industry. The BCPLSA was created in 2015 to focus exclusively on liquor retail issues.

Both parties believe this agreement is a necessary and positive step forward for our industry. It will allow ABLE BC to best represent our members’ interests by articulating one vision for the private liquor industry.

Although our membership will be growing, advocacy for BC’s small and large private liquor retailers shall remain a core function of ABLE BC. This includes advocating for the sale of recreational cannabis in liquor stores, maintaining the 1 km distance rule and LRS license moratorium, and allowing BC’s liquor stores to sell to pubs, bars, and restaurants. A full list of our current policy priorities is available here.

ABLE BC is also keen to continue the BCPLSA’s important work to advance the sale of recreational cannabis in BC’s private and public liquor retail stores via the Responsible Marijuana Retail Alliance and to continue to hone-in on the issues that face the liquor retail industry.

As part of the MOU, we are pleased to announce that Randy Wilson (President of BCPLSA and Co-Founder and Partner of Liquor Plus) and Damian Kettlewell (BCPLSA Marijuana Spokesperson and Partner and Director of Branding & External Affairs at JAK’s) will be invited to join ABLE BC’s Board of Directors at an Extraordinary General Meeting this spring.

Randy has 35 years of experience in the retail and real estate industry, including owning and operating Shop Easy Food Stores. He is also the co-founder and partner of Liquor Plus (12 liquor retail stores). Damian has 20 years of liquor retail experience with JAK’s (10 liquor retail stores) and in corporate management and government relations.

ABLE BC President, Poma Dhaliwal, sincerely thanks Randy and Damian for their focused work on liquor retail issues and their tireless efforts to help establish this united voice. We are also pleased that Randy and Damian will bring their extensive retail experience to the Alliance’s board this year by leading a new committee dedicated to liquor retail issues.

Re-branding for the future: help select ABLE BC’s new name

We are also pleased to announce that, within the next two years, ABLE BC will be changing our public name and rebranding to ensure our association best reflects the interests and activities of our members’ businesses. We look forward to sharing more details with you in the future, and warmly welcome members to suggest possible new names. Please send your suggestions to info@ablebc.ca.


As the executed MOU requires several technical changes to ABLE BC’s bylaws, the Alliance will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting followed by a celebratory Industry Reception on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in Vancouver.

ABLE BC members in good-standing are invited to attend the Extraordinary General Meeting and vote on these changes. All industry professionals are warmly encouraged to attend the Industry Reception. Full event details, including information about specific bylaw changes, will be shared in a future email.

ABLE BC’s Board of Directors and staff look forward to welcoming former members of the BCPLSA to the ABLE BC family. We also wish to thank all current members for their ongoing support as we grow our association and continue working to ensure all of your businesses thrive in an ever-evolving marketplace.

If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Jeff Guignard, ABLE BC Executive Director at jeff@ablebc.ca.

Join ABLE BC today

Help strengthen the voice of BC’s private liquor industry by joining ABLE BC today. Our annual membership fee for liquor primaries and private liquor stores is $675 for a single license. Each additional license is $375.

ABLE BC members get access to exclusive Member Benefits and Preferred Pricing Programs, which can more than cover the cost of your annual membership. Only members will be eligible to vote at the Extraordinary General Meeting on May 10, 2017.

Sign-up for your membership online at www.ABLEBC.ca or contact Danielle Leroux (Manager of Membership and Communications) at 1-800-663-4883 or danielle@ablebc.ca.

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