Pick n Pay wins battle to sell booze at Fish Hoek Arcade

The latest attempt to open a bottle store in Fish Hoek has succeeded, meaning that the community has officially lost its "dry town" status.

This week, the Liquor Appeal Tribunal ruled in the favour of Pick n Pay's application to open a bottle store in The Arcade shopping centre.

The town has not had a bottle store in 100 years because of a title deed restriction which prohibited the sale of liquor in the area, according to the False Bay Echo.

The town's Central City Improvement District (CID), the Fish Hoek Valley Ratepayers and Residents Association, and various religious groups have also been opposed to the idea.

Pick n Pays' initial application was denied by the Western Cape Liquor Authority’s licensing tribunal back in June.

The licensing tribunal claimed that the bottle store was not in the interest of the public.

The major retailer then appealed the decision at the Liquor Appeal Tribunal and succeeded on Wednesday.

The Liquor Authority now has 14 days to issue Pick n Pay with a licence.

Meanwhile, sub-council chair councillor Felicity Purchase says the community is considering an appeal.

The various groups do not want the bottle store to open so near to a school, public transport interchange, rehabilitation centre and old age home.

Purchase says community groups will have to decide on how to respond to the licence which could make way for many other bottle stores springing up.

It's not only around the title deed restriction, it's also about the desirability of having a liquor outlet in the town so close to vulnerable groups.

Felicity Purchase, Mayco member for Transport and Urban Development

I'm not sure that the sub-council on its own has standing to do anything about it.

Felicity Purchase, Mayco member for Transport and Urban Development

It's up to the residents of the town to decide the way forward.

Felicity Purchase, Mayco member for Transport and Urban Development

Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:

Image: Pick n Pay website.


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