The Savers store in Girvan will soon be selling alcohol after getting the go-ahead from the council’s licensing board.
The board agreed to allow the Dalrymple Street branch to sell alcohol, which will be mainly wines, beers and ciders despite opposition from the NHS.
As reported in last week’s Gazette Dr Sonya Scott, of NHS Ayrshire and Arran highlighted her concerns at alcohol becoming more widely available in an area with higher than average hospitalisation figures for alcohol related conditions.
Hospitalisations for alcohol conditions in the Girvan Ailsa area are 1,472 per 100,000 resident which is significantly worse than the Scottish average of 1,088 per 100,000. However, councillors were impressed by the case laid out by Terry Reid, Senior Learning and development manager at Savers.
He said: “Savers are very serious about complying with the licensing objectives. We’ve been selling alcohol in 216 stores across the UK since 2010, including in Falkirk. We sell mainly wines, beers and ciders with no super strength beers and ciders on offer and no multibuys. We also have mystery shop visits in relation to challenge 25 and staff undergo refresher training. We’ve had no premises reviewed since 2010 and infact have received many compliments on our alcohol policy.”
Area manager Stella McDonald added: “There have been no issues in any store and what we’re offering is a one-stop shop for our shoppers.”
All councillors agreed to the application.