Booze store location near school ‘devastating’

NZ Herald 16 June 2014
A principal is flabbergasted at a decision to allow a liquor store to open in a former video parlour directly opposite his school in Mangere.

“There is no place for a liquor outlet at the front gate of a school,” said Robin Staples of Southern Cross Campus, which caters for about 2000 pupils from Years 1 to 13.

The school and the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board are considering legal options after the Auckland District Licensing Committee granted Mr Jagjit Janjua and Ms Balbinder Janjua an off-licence for a liquor store above their grocery store at Wickman Way opposite the school.

The liquor outlet will be on the first floor of the building the Janjuas own, replacing a video parlour.

The Janjuas have agreed to surrender their off-licence for wine and beer at the grocery store, close the liquor store between 3pm and 4pm on school days and not sell single RTDs (ready to drink spirit-based drinks).

The closest off-licence liquor store is about 1km away.