The owner of a Kamloops pub says its the wrong time of year for some bare liquor shelves, especially with the holidays a month away.
Al Deacon, the owner of the Fox’n Hounds Pub, says the problem is the relocation of the main Liquor Distribution Warehouse from Vancouver to a new 400,000 square foot facility in Delta.
Deacon says the transition has been anything but smooth, and there’s been pushback from employees who don’t want to drive to the new location.
That he claims has slowed down liquor delivery across B.C. at the busiest time of the year.
“We can’t get a lot of the specialty scotches,” he said. “Right now people walk in and they see that our shelves are bare you know so they think we are bad operators because we can’t get the product.”
LDB Spokesperson Viviana Zanocco admits the transition has been challenging, with some delivery delays, so the move is being put off until after the holidays.
“We want to get transitioned over and just delay the others,” she said. “Right now we have everybody on the Island, Sunshine Coast, Whistler and we had some Kamloops folks in there we are actually going to put them back to the Vancouver distribution centre.”
Zanocco says the move is about one-third complete calling it a huge and steep learning curve for employees.