Storehouse hit with fine, licence suspension for Liquor Act violations

Bar can’t serve alcohol next Wednesday and Friday

Storehouse Bar & Grill was fined $5,000 and ordered to serve a two-day liquor licence suspension after pleating guilty to a Liquor Act violation. (File photo by Jeff Pelletier)

By Nunatsiaq News

Iqaluit’s Storehouse Bar & Grill has been hit with a fine and temporary liquor suspension after pleading guilty to a single Nunavut Liquor Act charge.

The bar, which is attached to the Frobisher Inn on Astro Hill, pleaded guilty to permitting intoxicated persons to remain on the licensed premises.

Storehouse was fined $5,000 — the maximum fine for a single offence — and will have its liquor licence suspended on two days next week, on Sept. 13 and 15.

“The board appreciates that this matter has been resolved by agreement but is concerned that this is the second time in only a few months that this licence holder has faced similar charges,” said Valerie Inukpuk, chairperson of the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Board, in a statement.

“The board expects all licence holders to take all necessary measures to comply with the Liquor Act and Liquor regulations to ensure the safe and responsible use of alcohol in the community.”

This is the second time in less than three months that Storehouse has pleaded guilty to a Liquor Act violation.

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In June, the bar was forced to pay $9,000, and prohibited from serving alcohol for three days, and staff were ordered to undergo training after pleading guilty to two offences.

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(17) Comments:

  1. Posted by Lives in iqaluit on

    At some point the security company needs to be looked at. Their work is causing fines to the storehouse.

    • Posted by Maybe on

      Maybe it’s time to shut the place down permanently…

      • Posted by Umingmak on

        Ah yes, because the solution to the problems is closing down places for controlled consumption, and empowering the bootleggers to sell overpriced bottles for people to consume at house parties.

        This is a terrible take.

        • Posted by Raven on

          I would like to agree, but bootleggers are the responsibility of the RCMP, not the Liquor Board. At least, instead of criticizing, the Liquor Board is trying to take action.

          • Posted by Nunavimmiut on

            At least they could collaborate together. The Liquor Board has all the import data. They could share excessive and suspicious imports with the RCMP.

            • Posted by Raven on

              I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes, as with drug deals, it seems like only the small fish get caught. When the big dealers are mostly all well-known and operate openly, with public respect and often with businesses, AirBnb or houses paid for in full, I wonder where the investigations are at

              • Posted by Amy on

                We all indeed know the names. But it’s difficult to take action when we all have someone in our families who is involved to some extent

                • Posted by Raven on

                  Is there no upright leader ready to take on the challenge? The sacrifice seems rather small compared to the stakes. At a certain point, it becomes a matter of continuing our identity

            • Posted by Raven on

              I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes, as with drug deals, it seems like only the small fish get caught. When the big dealers are mostly all well-known, I wonder where the investigations are at

    • Posted by Dean on

      I believe that the storehouse handles its own security, and that the previous company declined to continue their collaboration

  2. Posted by mr tunik on

    small fine …. a slap on the hand. That establishment can afford to pay more and take the offense more seriously. So many times ive seen people blacked out there lol , or security assaulting people . What a joke

  3. Posted by Ginger ale on

    This seems to be reoccurring regularly now. If fines aren’t working, maybe it’s time to pull the liquor license

  4. Posted by John K on

    This is simply the cost of doing business now that they know they can get away with it. I’ve watched employees in there knowingly overserving people by a really wide margin. They get their tips and then the raging drunk they created is Security’s problem.

    How many travelers to Nunavut end up staying at the Frob? What an embarrassing introduction a dive bar like the Storehouse would make for newcomers.

  5. Posted by Nunavutmiut on

    Close it down already, a waste of money for the people who goes there, cheaper to order your own.

  6. Posted by Umingmak on

    Ridiculous move by the liquor board, especially to enforce it on two of the busiest nights of the week. Meanwhile, bootleggers don’t even get a slap on the wrist.

  7. Posted by Eyes and ears on

    What yes what a joke liquor board second fine lowered in less than a year joke this is ,
    What’s the next amount again before end of December coming $1.oo,
    Watching you again and think it’s time public to mention over this establishment soon for heavy punishment soon to be we hope and have a petition soon.

    Eyes & ears


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