Store manager a ‘responsible host’
The manager of a newly opened Tokoroa liquor store says people shouldn’t be concerned.
The opening of Thirsty Liquor Tokoroa on Friday has caused concern from some members of the community who say there are already too many booze stores in the town.
But store manager Jas Singh said he had been a manager of 15 years and was a responsible host who knew how to look after his store and customers.
The building previously housed a liquor outlet, so he hadn’t needed to apply for a new licence. ‘‘This is an existing store and we just took it over,’’ he said.
Singh said he understood why people might be concerned and that was fine.
But he said he wouldn’t be doing anything differently to what the previous owners had.
South Waikato District Council spokeswoman Kerry Fabrie said the council was aware of the harmful effects alcohol on the community and they were doing a lot to minimise harm.
The Council worked alongside organisations such as the Salvation army and fund social services like Tokoroa Council of Social Services.
A few years back the South Waikato Liquor Accord was created which the council facilitated and coordinated so members could collaborate on liquor related matters.
The group meets monthly and involves people such as the Police and the District Health Board.
Fabrie said while inappropriate or excessive consumption of alcohol was an issue, there were also a vast number of people consuming alcohol responsibly.
Council environment health manager John Anderson said that the community was well protected against alcohol harm.
‘‘Our team operates an exceptionally tight regime during the licensing process.’’
Tokoroa has seven shops that sell alcohol, five more than Tirau and two more then Putaruru.
These include bottle shops and supermarkets or grocery stores.
Tokoroa Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson agreed that there were are a lot of liquor stores in the town.
‘‘But as long as they comply to the liquor licencing then that should reduce risk.’’
He said with the Sales Liquor Act in place there should be no problem.