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Stourbridge's new Tesco superstore will sell alcohol until midnight
1:04pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
STOURBRIDGE shoppers will be able to purchase alcohol until midnight at the new Tesco superstore.
Dudley Council’s licensing committee granted the multi-million pound store permission to sell booze from 6am until midnight, Monday to Saturday, at a meeting on Tuesday October 8.
Due to trading restrictions, alcohol will be sold from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
Store bosses had initially hoped to secure a 24 hour alcohol licence but had met opposition from worried residents and Wollaston and Stourbridge Town ward councillors Barbara Sykes, Ian Marrey and Chris Hale.
The councillors were concerned that the around-the-clock availability of alcohol would increase anti-social behaviour in the town and had gathered 225 signatures on a petition to strengthen their case.
But the supermarket’s last minute change of heart pleased cllr Hale, who said on behalf of his fellow ward councillors: “I'm really pleased that by working together with local residents and the police, we have been able to stop alcohol being sold 24 hours a day in the town centre.
“Over the last six or seven years, a huge effort has been put into controlling the cumulative impact of the night-time economy in the town, and it is good to see that Tesco have engaged positively with the special circumstances in our town.”
The store will open on Thursday October 31 at 8am.
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