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Hove off-licence bids to stay open later for ‘continental clients’
An off-licence wants to serve alcohol until the early hours to cater for its “continental clients”.
Slaters News in Portland Road, Hove, has applied to extend shop opening times to the early hours of the morning to accommodate the “later buying habits of local residents who have migrated from the Continent”.
The shop’s current alcohol supply licence gives permission to serve drink until 11pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30pm on Sundays.
The shop’s owners have applied for a change in the licence that will see the hours extended to 1am from Sunday to Thursday and 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Lourans Eskander, manager of the shop, said his “continental clients” were mostly from Eastern Europe.
He said: “I have Romanian, Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian customers who want to use the shop at all times.
“Also there are English people too who want to see our hours extended.
“It isn’t just for alcohol purposes. We sell food, groceries and everyday household goods so people can buy whatever they want if we open for longer.”
The planning application, set to be reviewed at Brighton and Hove City Council’s licensing panel on August 14, said customers at the shop were “accustomed to shopping at a later time”.
Mr Eskander added: “Of course if the application is rejected I am going to be disappointed, but I think our customers are going to be disappointed too.
“The big local shops like Sainsburys and Tesco are closed during those times, which can sometimes make things difficult for people who live here.”
The application also asks for permission to open the shop’s doors at an earlier time, starting at 7am everyday rather than 8am Monday to Saturday and 10am Sundays – although alcohol can’t start being served until the later times.
The planning application, submitted by Mr Eskander, reads: “We are extending the opening hours to accommodate the later buying habits of local residents who have migrated from the Continent and are accustomed to shopping at a later time.
“We wish to extend the facility of selling alcohol accordingly.”
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