B and M store gets drinks licence

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STOCKBRIDGE Retail Park will soon be selling alcohol after B and M Stores were granted a drinks licence.

But the move from West Lothian’s Licensing Board has sparked concern from local groups, who believe that B and M could be the first in a queue of businesses who would want to do the same.

Nick Davis, secretary of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge community council, said: “The community council was disappointed with this decision - there are other major retailers in the park and we believe other applications like this will follow.”

The board was told that alcohol would take up less than half of one per cent of the shelf space and would represent less than four per cent of overall sales at the Linlithgow shop.

Gary Barr, B and M’s area manager, said the alcohol section would be sited next to the health and beauty area in the store, as staff were in the vicinity all the time, and it was covered by CCTV cameras.

Only two other B and M stores, in Hamilton and in Glasgow, are licensed in Scotland.

The Linlithgow store hopes to be selling alcohol within the next month.

*An application from Greene King Retailing Ltd to have drinks consumed at a pavement cafe at the Auld Hole in the Wall on Linlithgow High Street up to 10pm was adjourned and will be on the agenda of the next board meeting this month.