LIQUOR BATTLE: Ruth Haig and husband David have taken up the fight to restrict the trading hours of alcohol sales at the soon-to-be-built Ritchies IGA supermarket in Kyogle.
LIQUOR BATTLE: Ruth Haig and husband David have taken up the fight to restrict the trading hours of alcohol sales at the soon-to-be-built Ritchies IGA supermarket in Kyogle. DAVID NIELSEN

Hiccup for liquor licence hours

RUTH HAIG and her neighbours in the Roxy Place units, in Kyogle, where she lives with her husband David Haig, are all that stands between the soon-to-be-built Ritchies IGA supermarket and a liquor licence.

Mrs Haig and other residents aged between 73 and 93 years have lodged an objection with the licensing police aboout the proposed trading hours of a new bottle shop within the supermarket.

Residents want alcohol to only be available at the supermarket between 10am and 6pm.

However, Ritchies IGA wants to sell alcohol from 7.30am to 9pm.

Mrs Haig thinks this is too much.

“The hours are too extensive and we are concerned about young people,” she said.

Developer Nigel Mercer said work on the supermarket had stopped until the issue was resolved.

If there was to be no bottle shop then the internal fit-out would need to be redesigned.

“It is costing us $4000 a week while we tread water,” he said.

Ritchies bought a liquor licence from Kyogle Liquor and Sports Supply and have applied to open the same hours as the former licensee.

“The licence cost Ritchies $400, 000,” Mr Mercer said.

There had been nine objections to the licence, according to Mr Mercer.

Mr Mercer said he hoped he could work through the issues through a 'friendly meeting' with Mrs Haig and the other residents.

“I hope it doesn't come to a hearing,” he said.

The supermarket is scheduled to be completed by May, 2010. After the internal fit-out, trade is expected to begin on Thursday, July 1.

Mrs Haig has also lodged an objection to an application by The Commercial Hotel in Kyogle to extend its trading hours.

Licensee Wayne Goodwin said the hotel wanted stay open until midnight on Sundays for special events.

A hearing to decide the matter has been set down for September 14, 2009.



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