Published on January 7th, 2016 | by Dean Carr
Alcohol licence restrictions for Tesco Express on the Isle of Man
Tesco’s provisional alcohol licence for its new Express Store in Douglas on the Isle of Man will have Court restrictions attached.
Making its decision, the Licensing Court heard evidence from several parties – some of whom opposed the application.
They claimed there were already enough licensed premises near the new Express store, and that there would be an increase in alcohol fueled trouble and problems with parking in the area.
But the court said suggestions of more disorder weren’t borne out by police statistics – and noted the constabulary hadn’t opposed the application.
The court said “alcohol now forms part of life in the Island” and said the store could increase footfall in the area and help regeneration.
It also pointed out without the licence Tesco Express wouldn’t open on the site.
However, restrictions were imposed: the store will not be able to sell beers or cider stronger than 5.5% ABV, single cans, or spirits in bottles smaller than 50ml.
It banned alcohol promotions being advertised in windows and spirits and fortified wines must be stocked behind the counter.
And the store’s free wi-fi cannot be made available between 7pm and 9am.
News Source: Manx Radio.