Industry Leadership

Retail Liquor Industry Leadership Since 1993


Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. (and its predecessor companies) has been a leader in the Alberta retail liquor industry since liquor privatization in 1993. Some corporate highlights include the following:

  • In 1993, Liquor Depot obtained the first approval in principle for a private liquor store in Alberta
  • Members of Management were instrumental in the creation of the Alberta Liquor Store Association and the Alberta Liquor Industry Round Table (Industry Associations)
  • On September 28, 2004, we became the first liquor store income trust in Canada
  • Between 2004 – 2010 we grew from 50 stores to approximately 240 stores, and became Canada’s largest private operator of liquor stores (based on number of stores)
  • In 2008 we completed the acquisition of the Brown Jug chain of stores located in the State of Alaska (currently 20 stores)
  • In 2009 we completed the acquisition of the Liquor Barn chain of stores located in the State of Kentucky (currently 8 stores)
  • In 2010 we successfully converted from an income trust into a dividend-paying corporation
  • Current operations include approximately 240 stores in Canada and the United States, with operations under the brand names Liquor Depot and Liquor Barn in Alberta and British Columbia; Brown Jug in Alaska, and Liquor Barn “The Ultimate Party Source” and Liquor Barn Express in Kentucky