18 Jul 2009

Liquor store closed down for sales to minors

5:18 pm on 18 July 2009

Manukau City Council says the forced closure of a liquor store in Mangere should serve as a warning to the rest of the industry against selling alcohol to minors.

The Vine Street Liquor Store was caught selling alcohol to underage customers in a sting run by the police and the Manukau District Licensing Authority.

The store was ordered to close by the District Licensing Agency on Friday.

Licensing Inspector Paul Radich says the owner of the store knew that the buyers were underage and went ahead with the sale anyway.

He's pleased with the agency's decision to close the store.

Radich says the owners can appeal the decision, but the shop will have to remain closed while they do so.