Queenstown booze shop plans fly under radar

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Plans for a large new bottle store on the edge of Queenstown CBD have received no objections. 

Liquor King has applied for an off licence to open in the former United Video premises at 52-58 Stanley Street. 

The retailer has a store about one kilometre away opposite Wakatipu High School on Gorge Rd, which will remain open and be given a facelift. 

Liquor King’s external relations manager Liz Read says: “It’s a good opportunity for us to expand our retail footprint in Queenstown. 

“The site is ideal and this will be a premium store.” 

The application was publicly notified in the first week of July and the objection period closed on July 23 with no submissions to Queenstown Lakes District Council. 

Lion Liquor Retail Ltd – which trades as Liquor King – has 40 stores nationwide. 

Opening hours would be from 9am to 9pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays, to 10pm Wednesdays, and 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 

The store would restore the number bottle shops in the CBD to seven, after one Betty’s Liquor on Rees St was replaced with urban streetwear store Detour. 

Lion has a five-year lease on the Stanley St premise with the option to extend to 15 years. 

The application remains with the council while building work is completed. It will then make a recommendation to the District Licensing Committee. 

“We’re hoping to be open before the end of the calendar year,” Read adds.