Kronic: shops make a stand
Some superettes and dairies in Tokoroa have made a stand not to sell synthetic cannabinoid products, while others have not been fazed by national media attention.
Kronic and the sale of its products has come come under intense fire. Such publicity was the catalyst for Tainui Superette owners Sushant and Bharati Rajan to pull the products off their shelves one month ago after selling it for around three months.
‘‘ There was just too much newspapers,’’ Bharati said.
Manaia Street Dairy and Balmoral Four Square do not sell any of the products.
‘‘We don’t sell it . . . heaps of people have been coming in and asking if we sell it,’’ Manaia Street Dairy owner Sabi Singh said.
However, Amber Mini Mart Dairy does sell Kronic products and owner Hong Zhou said recent media attention had aided the product’s popularity. ‘‘It is popular because it’s reported every day,’’ he said.
He said sales had been steady. ‘‘If you don’t have business and you aren’t selling it, then someone else will sell it. That’s just business for us. For us that’s competition ... if the government bans it then we will follow,’’ he said. Mr Zhou said staff checked for identification before selling to customers.
Diary 67 and Aotea Dairy are both owned by Titan Jiang who said Kronic products would be removed in the next few months. Mr Jiang said Kronic had been sold at Dairy 67 for one year and at Aotea Dairy for two months.
Lomond Dairy owners did not want to comment.