MULGRAVE: Town councillors expressed concerns about the possibility of a liquor store coming to Auld’s Cove.

In late December, the Province of Nova Scotia issued a request for proposals (RFP) “to qualified landlords to submit proposals for the location of a retail space within the area bound along Highway 104 from [the] intersection with Highway 4 to the Canso Causeway to serve the community of Auld’s Cove.”

The RFP states the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) is looking for a building with around 3,400 square feet of retail space, with the preferred range of dimensions at 41 feet wide, by 80 feet deep, to 54 feet wide, by 60 feet deep, with a dock level loading bay preferred for receiving product.

Jim Davis, CAO for the Town of Mulgrave, said there are concerns that if such a liquor store comes to pass, it will negatively affect the NSLC store in Mulgrave.

“We already met with Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie MLA Lloyd Hines concerning it,” said Davis. “The general feeling is that of course once Auld’s Cove establishes itself and Mulgrave declines because of Auld’s Cove… that sales in Mulgrave will go down below a certain acceptable level.”

At a certain point of slowed sales at stores, said Davis, NSLC reviews the store in question.

“Time will tell on that one,” Davis said, noting council also sent a letter to Hines expressing the towns concerns.

“We hope he’ll put a word in to the Liquor Commission, which is a Crown corporation.”

While there are no plans to close the Mulgrave store, Davis added council expressed to Hines that such a move may be coming if current sales levels aren’t maintained.