Owner of Essex Road shop that shut in March over illegal alcohol sales now wants an alcohol licence

Essex Alterntative Supermarket. Picture: Google Maps

Essex Alterntative Supermarket. Picture: Google Maps - Credit: Archant

The defiant owner of an Essex Road shop that shut in March over the illegal sale of alcohol is back with another licensing application months on.

Hasan Kurt’s store Essex Alternative Supermarket had its licence revoked in July and closed earlier this year after an appeal was lost.

Mr Kurt owned the business while his son Ismail ran it as the licensee.

But the selling of alcohol to people under 18, the failure to ID someone under 25 and the fact the store stocked super strength beers at knock-down prices have not been forgotten by police, who have objected to the application along with the council’s licensing and public health departments.

Pc Adam Pearce said in a report: “We are of the view Hasan Kurt, as owner, must have had full knowledge of issues identified, had ample opportunity to address the issues, and failed to do so.

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“It is reasonable to assume he took significant financial benefit from the operation in its previous iteration, and intends to do so again, in unchanged terms (only with himself as the applicant).

“Not only has the premises clearly not been sold to new operators, but it is evident the same family intend to continue the operation.”

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A decision will be made on Tuesday by councillors.

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