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Saturday, June 18, 2011

LCBO Looks to Future

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

A look back at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and their history in Goderich area.

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is entering into its second half-century of business in Goderich.

The LCBO Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of its store on Huron Road which opened its doors for the first time on June 16th 1961.

It opened one week after the liquor store on Josephine Street in Wingham -- an outlet in Clinton opened in July while LCBO locations in Exeter and Listowel opened in August 1961.

As the crown corporation looks toward moving down the road to a proposed new location the Past-Chair of Heritage Goderich hopes to preserve the current location.

It's the first liquor store in Goderich's history because Huron was a "dry" County before 1960.

The only way you could buy wine or sprits in Huron County before the 1960's was to drive elsewhere or buy "under-the-table" from individuals who were likely known to police.

Barry Page says a look at the price-list from the summer of 1961 is proof that times have indeed changed.

The LCBO gave the media a peek at the cost of whiskey half a century ago -- the most expensive 25-ounce bottle cost $6.95.

Page says you have to keep the liquor price from 50 years ago in perspective because a worker's average take-home pay then was just a fraction of what it is now.

He says he'd like to see the current Huron Road location added to Goderich's heritage inventory.

Page believes the building is a good example of commercial architecture from that period.

There would likely be some hurdles to clear on the way to declaring the liquor store a heritage property.

Page tells us a community effort would be needed and that Heritage Goderich would lead the way in preserving the building in its current state after the LCBO moves.


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