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Selling liquor a ‘tough business’ Corner stores. Gatineau owner has words of warning for Ontario counterparts looking to sell booze jessica smith

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A Gatineau convenience store owner has some advice for his Ontario counterparts who want get into the booze business: “It’s good, but it causes lots of trouble too.” People with addictions have left broken glass around the store, stolen items and have become violent “lots of times,” said Jiad Charara, owner of Épicerie Chénier Frères, speaking at his dépanneur Wednesday. He said he will call the cops, but it’s still hard on him. “Selling alcohol is a very tough business to deal with.”

A petition with 112,500 signatures asking the government to allow the sale of beer and wine in convenience stores was presented at Queen’s Park on Wednesday. It had been circulated by the Ontario Convenience Store Association. The issue is a familiar one to Ottawans who can buy booze at convenience stores right cross the river in Gatineau. Charara’s store is a block from the Alexandra Bridge, and much of the space in his small store is devoted to booze — including a walkin beer cooler, single cans of beer alongside pop in the fridges, a collection of wines at the rear and displays of liqueurs in the aisles. He gets customers from Ottawa and said his sales will drop “a little” if the Ontario convenience stores can sell alcohol. Petition gets cool reception from Liberals, page 6

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Jiad Charara, owner of Épicerie Chénier Frères in Gatineau, said selling liquor in dépanneurs can come with a lot of trouble. JESSICA SMITH/metro

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