Coalisland supermarket war heats up as Springisland applies for booze licence19th February 2012 | By: Coalisland Post | 5 Comments »
Competition between Coalisland’s grocery stores is set to intensify as Springisland supermarket plans to open its own in-store off-licence.
The town’s convenience store has applied for a licence to sell alcohol in a bid to win more customers.
The development will further heighten competition with rival store Supervalu at the opposite end of the town, which already has an off-licence located within a short walking distance.
But both businesses face a big challenge for market dominance as plans to build a Newell Stores along the Lineside progress.
Proposals submitted by Springisland owner Peter Rice show the newspaper, magazine and confectionery section to the left corner of the store would be converted into a self-contained off-licence area.
Customers would enter through gates to stock up on booze before paying at a small checkout area.
The consultation period on the proposals will end on March 6.
Mr Rice’s plans come as developers seek approval to build a Newell Stores supermarket on the site of the disused Lineside egg store.
The latest proposals show a glass-fronted supermarket stretching across the Lineside, with a large parking area and ATM facilities.
Rossdale Developments also plan to build a new roundabout on the Lineside bend next to the health centre, creating two lanes of road traffic in places, traffic islands and zebra crossings.
The Coalisland Canal committee had made a formal objection to the Lineside supermarket proposals, but are understood to have backed down following a meeting with the developers.
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