Sale of alcohol banned after shop loses licence

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A Chorley convenience store has now been banned from selling alcohol.

The move comes after the owners of Best One, also known as T and S Convenience, in Market Street, failed to appeal Chorley Council’s plans to revoke their licence.

They now face a fine of up to £20,000 or six months imprisonment if they don’t comply.

The action was taken against Best One by the council and Chorley Police after staff there failed a test purchase just weeks after being given a final warning for serving alcohol to under age people.

However, a new application for a licence has since been submitted for the premises on behalf of Right Choice Convenience - who are not believed to be connected to the current owners.

They want to sell alcohol from the premises Monday to Sunday between 7am and 10pm and the council is asking for written representations to be submitted before November 15.

Coun Eric Bell who oversees licensing at Chorley Council, said: “We expect all licence holders in Chorley to take their responsibilities seriously and if people are allowing under age sales we will find out and revoke their licence.

“The premises licence holder for T & S Convenience Store, on Market Street had 21 days to appeal against the decision to revoke their licence to sell alcohol.

“That deadline has now passed without appeal meaning they cannot serve alcohol.

“Council officers have visited the premises and found that no alcohol is being served.”

When the Guardian contacted Best One, a member of staff, who did not want to be named, said: “New owners are expected to take over the shop this week, but until they have a new licence we will not be able to serve alcohol in the shop.”