A new bottle store is opening in upper Victoria Ave, despite community objections and the opposition of Whanganui District Council's chief alcohol licensing inspector.

The Whanganui District Licensing Committee has approved an application by Shree Sai Holdings (New Plymouth) Ltd for a new off-licence at 446 Victoria Ave, the premises formerly occupied by Video Ezy.

The company operates 18 bottle stores in the lower North Island, including the Black Bull outlets in Whanganui.

Warrick Zander, the council's compliance operations manager and also its chief alcohol licensing inspector said a proposed cap on the number of off licences in the city

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