Work to begin on Rankin Inlet’s beer and wine store this summer
Construction on retail outlet has faced COVID-19-related delays, GN says
Construction is set to start this summer on a beer and wine store in Rankin Inlet, the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission says.
The retail outlet will be built within Rankin Inlet’s current liquor warehouse, attached to the Siniktarvik Hotel.
In May 2017, the Kivalliq community voted in favour of opening a retail beer and wine store.
The store was originally set to open in 2020 but the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission says it has run into some delays getting the storefront renovated due to COVID-19 restrictions and the hamlet’s permitting process.
“Construction on the Rankin Inlet store is starting soon and is expected to be completed some time in fall this year,” said Weichien Chan, a spokesperson for the Government of Nunavut’s department of Finance, in a June 21 email to Nunatsiaq News.
Rankin Inlet’s beer and wine store will be the second in the territory. A retail outlet in Iqaluit opened in 2017 as a pilot project and now remains open on a permanent basis.
The liquor commission has also received a request to open a beer and wine store in Cambridge Bay, Chan said, though work has yet to begin on that outlet.
A beer and wine store will change the availability of alcohol in Rankin Inlet, which can currently be purchased with a permit through the GN and from a retailer outside the territory. Residents in the Kivalliq community can also purchase alcohol through licensed clubs.