New Ipswich Coles shows regulation banning supermarket liquor sales is pointless

The Queensland Government may as well remove the regulation banning supermarkets from selling liquor, as called for by Master Grocers Australia (see this AAP story) because with co-located bottle shops they are effectively already selling liquor. This was apparent when I visited Coles’s new flagship Ipswich store today and noticed the Liquorland has very little physical separation from the supermarket, although there’s probably just enough so Coles hasn’t breached the regulation:

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2 Responses to New Ipswich Coles shows regulation banning supermarket liquor sales is pointless

  1. KS says:

    Liquor laws really do need an overhaul. Co-located stores like that are common in NSW. The Qld laws around bottle shops being tied to Pubs made certain individuals wealthy with no public benefit. This has led to anomalies such as Coles operating the Barrier Reef hotel in Cains for limited hours 5 days a week presumably just so they can keep the attached bottle shop rights?

    I respect that proliferation of outlets may exacerbate alcohol related problems and there is some research on that. However, alcohol is available on the shelves of supermarkets in the UK and any corner store in France sells wine! I am not aware they have any greater alcohol problems?

    Perhaps there are cultural issues which if anything are exacerbated by our laws?

    • Gene Tunny says:

      I was wondering about whether having the liquor in supermarkets themselves might increase sales because its easy to put it in the trolley. It’s hard to imagine Australians drinking any more than we do now, although I think per capita consumption was higher in the 1970s. It’s a difficult policy area but the regulation on supermarkets seems silly and would probably have a marginal impact at best.

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