ASSURANCES have been made that changes to the length of time Co-op stores sell alcohol will only be made if there is enough demand.
It comes after Portsmouth City Council agreed to give the Southern Co-operative the option of letting 15 of its city
stores stay open and sell alcohol until midnight.
A spokeswoman for the Southern Co-operative said: ‘We are carrying out an alignment of all our licences within the Portsmouth area.
‘The aim being to, as far as possible, ensure that all of our licensing hours are consistent within all our Portsmouth stores.
‘This means that where there is the demand from our customers to trade until midnight, we will be in a position to do so.
‘No decision has yet been made to change the trading hours of any of these
stores and we will only do so where there is evidenced demand from the communities we serve.
‘The Southern Co-operative has an excellent reputation with regards to delivering on our licensing responsibilities.’
As previously reported, the decision to approve the licensing changes came despite fears from residents it could increase problems with anti-social behaviour caused by drinking.
The council’s licensing committee dismissed the objections on the grounds they were speculative and not based on evidence problems at the stores already existed.