Too many shops to buy booze?

Western Leader - - RYMAN HEALTHCARE - DANIELLE CLENT

A com­mu­nity leader says an­other liquor store is not wanted in Hua­pai.

Al­co­hol can be pur­chased in more than 17 lo­ca­tions be­tween River­head and Waimauku, in­clud­ing bot­tle stores and winer­ies.

‘‘That seems to be enough,’’ Hua­pai-Kumeu¯ Lions pres­i­dent Gary Moss said.

Ear­lier this month, Auck­land Coun­cil re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion for an­other off-li­cence, Su­per Liquor Hua­pai.

The store would op­er­ate seven-days-a-week from 9am to 9pm, in a new busi­ness area at 321a Main Rd, Hua­pai.

Li­cence ap­pli­cant Mo­hit Gahlot said he was ap­ply­ing for an off-li­cence be­cause there was an in­creas­ing de­mand for this type of re­tail.

‘‘The pop­u­la­tion of the area around Kumeu¯ and

‘‘It's not dif­fi­cult to get a drink around here.’’

Chris Car­rad

Hua­pai is ex­pected to dou­ble over the next 10 years, mean­ing there will be more pres­sure on ex­ist­ing liquor stores,’’ he said.

How­ever, Moss said the area would have been bet­ter used for a park and ride for fu­ture rail.

‘‘So far, they are pro­vid­ing ser­vices that are ei­ther be­ing du­pli­cated or I would think, un­wanted in this com­mu­nity.’’

Wine Cir­cle owner Chris Car­rad said he was dis­ap­pointed to learn of the prospect of an­other liquor store.

‘‘I thought, here we go, an­other one,’’ Car­rad said.

‘‘We are over-sup­plied. We don’t need any­more.’’

Car­rad said an­other liquor store would be ‘‘de­struc­tive’’ to the busi­nesses al­ready es­tab­lished, in­clud­ing his wine shop which he had owned for 12 years.

‘‘It just di­lutes the pond more,’’ he said. ‘‘There’s more than enough. It’s not dif­fi­cult to get a drink around here.

‘‘We run the dan­ger of hav­ing a lot of busi­nesses only just get­ting by when we could have a lot of busi­nesses flour­ish­ing.’’

Car­rad said there was a cloning of shops through­out Kumeu¯ and Hua­pai.

There was three bar­ber shops, five pizza shops, four In­dian restau­rants and dairies ‘‘com­ing out of out ears’’, he said.

‘‘It’s very much poor-qual­ity re­tail­ing in my books.’’

North West Busi­ness Dis­trict As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager Gary Holmes said the or­gan­i­sa­tion couldn’t dictate who could or couldn’t open busi­nesses in the area as it was the role of land­lords.

How­ever, the as­so­ci­a­tion would en­cour­age a wide va­ri­ety of shops in Kumeu¯ /Hua­pai, he said.

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