More than 30 objections were received to the proposed Mungavin Liquor Centre by Porirua City Council, the district licensing authority.
Babu Patel and Anita Patel have an application to operate a liquor outlet at 18 Mungavin Ave.
It is the vacant store between the St Vincent de Paul store and Dr Larry Jordan’s surgery.
Liquor would be sold from 9am till 11pm Sunday to Wednesday and 9am till midnight Thursday to Saturday.
The council received 32 objections before the closing date of January 20.
A series of public meetings were held in December and January in Ranui, attended by residents, community leaders and members of Regional Public Health, the latter advising people how to make an objection.
The council has now passed the 32 objections on to the Liquor Licensing Authority, which will schedule a hearing at Porirua District Court in the coming months.
Those who have objected will regroup at the Ranui Twilight Festival on February 25 to prepare for the hearing.
According to one Ranui resident and nearby shop employees, the premises at 18 Mungavin Ave have been cleaned up and some stock already moved in.