Liquor Mart Express Closes at Airport Amid Rising Rent

Liquor Mart Express Closes at Airport Amid Rising Rent

Liquor Mart Express
The Liquor Mart Express at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport will close at the end of today. (WAA.CA)

Passengers landing at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport will have to find their bubbly elsewhere after the Liquor Mart Express store closed for good on Monday.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries says the closure coincides with the expiry of their current lease with the Winnipeg Airports Authority.

“While the Airport Express store has been well-received by our customers and airport travelers, proposed increases to capital and leasing costs means the airport is no longer a suitable location for us,” said Susan Harrison, communications officer with Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.

The 600-square-foot Liquor Mart Express was one of the original tenants when the new terminal building opened in 2011.

“Over the past months we presented a number of options to Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries to keep them in the terminal,” said Winnipeg Airports Authority spokesperson Tyler MacAfee.

“However, MBLL made the corporate decision to leave the terminal.”

MacAfee says the airport is moving ahead with plans for the space based on feedback from travellers and visitors.

All affected staff will be moved to other Liquor Mart locations.

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