A lockdown fad for selling beer on kegs has led two local stores to increase the space they can devote to selling liquor.
The Day 2 Day Express of Alloa Road in Stenhousemuir and the Spar on Maggies Wood Loan, Falkirk have both been authorized by the Falkirk Council Licensing Board to increase the floor area containing alcohol.
The board has learned that kegs – which have become increasingly popular over the past year – are bulky and heavy, and require more floor space than traditional bottles and cans.
The Alloa Road store – which became a media sensation for its huge community work during the lockdown – has also been cleared to deliver alcohol as well as groceries.
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The board has heard that this will only be provided by its own staff, using the newly developed gofalkirk app.
The store was also allowed to sell hot food, although Mr Emslie said it would be a small-scale operation.
Granting the variations to the two licenses, board official Niall Coleman said it was important to remember that they won’t be limiting the store to selling kegs.
But by reviewing each request, he was convinced that the stores were well run and took their responsibility for safety seriously.
Councilor Lorna Binnie was particularly concerned that the Spar on Maggie Woods loan was very close to Falkirk High School and the students in line were not easily seen.
However, she was reassured by several measures – including 32 linked CCTV cameras – she was told they were in place to deter thieves.
Both requests were accepted.