nordstrom uggs Anger over Tesco’s 6am alcohol licence bid
As previously reported by the Daily Echo, the new Tesco Express shop, in Witts Hill, had already attracted strong opposition, after 2,000 people signed a petition to stop it replacing the former Castle Pub.
Traders at the Midanbury Broadway parade said the store could destroy their livelihoods, cost up to 36 jobs, cause traffic problems and attract anti social behaviour.
Sarj Sonchhatla, from the SNA Premier Store, which has a licence to sell alcohol from 8am until 10pm, said: “Traders like us are worried that a potential late night licence for them will cause problems in the area.
“Already there are enough shops in the area that have a licence. I don’t see why they have to also have one.”
The Castle Pub is among several Southampton wateringholes that have been converted into convenience stores during the past 18 months.
The Bulls Eye in Butts Road, Sholing and The Woodman in Coxford Road have also become Tesco Express stores, while the Winning Post in Peartree Avenue, Bitterne, was converted into a One Stop.
Southampton Itchen MP, John Denham, said it was “a great shame” that supermarkets do not require planning permission to convert pubs into shops.
Mr Denham added: “I agree that Midanbury does not need another off licence.
A spokesman from Tesco said: “Having an alcohol licence means we are able to provide customers with the range and choice they want and expect to see in our stores.
“We take our responsibility of selling alcohol seriously and as part of our commitment to be a responsible retailer, we have a strict ‘Think 25’ policy which all our colleagues are trained to practice.”