Too many shops to buy booze?
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.’’
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.