Liquor stores battling supermarkets for booze buyers

23 October 2015

A fierce battle is going on between liquor stores and supermarkets over the sale of liquor in so-called bubble shops – indoor liquor stores located within supermarkets. These bubble shops offer a relatively limited assortment of liquor. Most of them are small, unmanned and people often have to ring a bell to get help. This makes them much cheaper to operate than liquor stores.

Recently the court ruled that any form of liquor store must always have qualified personnel present, as the Alcohol Licensing and Catering Act states. And since then the fight between the supermarkets and liquor stores has only been escalating. The liquor store trade association, de SlijtersUnie, has called on mayors to make sure that this law is enforced.



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