An application for a licence to sell alcohol at a new supermarket in Kettering was granted today after the owners came to an agreement to shut earlier than planned.
Othman Kadir Hassan had applied to open from 6am to 2am when his premises in the old Burtons unit in Montagu Street opens, after he secured a 16-year lease.
But after an objection from police over concerns about the prevention of crime and disorder, Kettering Council’s licensing committee gave the site permission – as long as the shop sticks to its agreed opening hours of 8am to 11.59pm.
Mr Hassan’s representative Ray Pearson said: “We have taken on board the police’s findings seriously.
“We are happy with their comments and will introduce Challenge 25 and CCTV in order to prevent crime and close at 11.59pm.
“Once we know what trade is like when the store opens, we may even close earlier.”
Another condition of the licence is that the store must not sell single cans of lager, beer or cider in an attempt to deter on-street drinking.
Northants Police representative Kev Murphy said: “We had a concern from a crime and disorder perspective but we are happy with 11.59pm as a terminal hour.
“We applaud the no sale of single cans policy.
“We will work to make sure ongoing staff training is in place.”
Chairman of the meeting Cllr Mary Malin said: “We are extremely happy to grant this licence providing certain conditions are met.
“The premises must stick to the agreed hours, no single cans of beer, cider and lager can be sold, and Challenge 25 should be introduced.”
The Challenge 25 requirement means staff have to ask for the ID of anyone who looks under 25 who is attempting to buy alcohol.