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A new liquor shop has been given the go-ahead to open in Beach­lands’ Pohutukawa Coast Shop­ping Cen­tre. Beach­lands

Fine Wines and Spir­its will open next to The Franklin Tap­house and Kitchen. The Auck­land Dis­trict Li­cens­ing Com­mit­tee re­cently granted the premises an off-li­cence from Mon­day to Sun­day, 10am to 9pm. The liquor out­let is owned by Sai Suryasri Ltd. At the li­cense hear­ing, codi­rec­tor Mr Pusarla told the com­mit­tee he owns seven liquor stores and has worked in the in­dus­try for 14 years. He says there won’t be any RTD dis­plays on the shop floor and he will not sell sin­gle RTDs. Po­lice, the med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health and the li­cense in­spec­tor did not op­pose the ap­pli­ca­tion. How­ever, there were nine pub­lic ob­jec­tions and one late pub­lic ob­jec­tion. Ob­jec­tors raised con­cerns about a pro­lif­er­a­tion of al­co­hol shops in the area, drunk driv­ers and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour.

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