Determining whether a premises is a grocery store

In forming an opinion about whether any premises is a grocery store, the District Licensing Committee/ARLA must have regard to:

  • the size, layout, and appearance of the premises
  • the annual sales revenue (or projected annual sales revenue) of the premises (see below)
  • the number, range and kinds of items on sale (or expected to be on sale) on the premises.

The District Licensing Committee may have regard to any other matters it thinks relevant, and may determine that the premises and the items on sale do not have the characteristics normally associated with a grocery shop.

The principal business must be the sale of food products. This is defined in the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Regulations 2013.

Hints and tips

Typically, a grocery store means a shop that primarily sells a range of food products (excluding ready-to-eat or snack food) but may also sell other household items (See relevant definitions in the Act and Regulations).

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