Anger over open­ing of liquor store

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The walls are cov­ered in black mould, the ma­jor­ity of win­dows and doors also don’t shut prop­erly and the wooden deck is rot­ten.

Toko­roa res­i­dents are an­gry that an­other liquor store has opened in town.

Thirsty Liquor Toko­roa opened on Fri­day July 8 leav­ing a foul taste in res­i­dents’ mouths.

Many took to so­cial media to voice their con­cerns, say­ing there were al­ready liquor out­lets in town.

Many of the com­ments made on the Gen­uine Toko­roa Face­book page sug­gested that the town would be bet­ter off hav­ing shops for youth and re­tail out­lets, than an­other booze store.

Some sug­gested a shop that kids and teenagers could en­joy – like a Kmart – would be bet­ter.

But South Waikato District Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kerry Fabrie said there was no limit on how many liquor shops were al­lowed to be open in town.

At the mo­ment there was no Liquor Al­co­hol Pol­icy (LAP) which coun­cil’s could use to limit out­lets and oper­a­tors.

‘‘Coun­cil has made the de­ci­sion to not de­velop a LAP at this stage.’’

Although there have been sev­eral ap­peals to de­velop LAPS only seven of the coun­try’s 68 coun­cils have de­vel­oped them.

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Thirsty Liquor Toko­roa opened on Fri­day July 8.

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