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Happy hour is here but will anything change?

It’s happy hour.

B.C. bars and restaurants can, starting today now offer happy hour but a Smithers business owner says it won’t make much difference here.

Hudson Bay Lodge owner, Al McCreary says with limited transportation options in the Bulkley Valley, many people likely won’t take advantage of the cheaper drink pricing.

“The liquor consumption has dropped substantially, particularly in places like Smithers where there’s a taxi and no public transportation. People don’t go and sit in the bar all night anymore. So if businesses discount the two drinks that people buy they will probably be out of business in a month because there is no profit in what they’re doing.”

Customers will also no longer be required to order food with drinks in food-primary establishments.

McCreary says the good thing about minimum pricing and happy hours is it will allow restaurants and pubs to alter drink prices for large groups such as meetings and weddings, something establishments couldn’t do before.

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