A MOONAH service station plans to sell Tasmanian wines, beers and spirits in store, in a move owners say will stimulate the economy and create jobs.

The operators of Caltex Moonah have applied for a liquor licence to enable the store to stock alcohol at the site at 200 Main Rd.

The service station operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The store has applied for an off-licence, which means liquor can be sold between 5am and 12am and must be consumed off premises.

In the application, the managing director of Bennett’s Petroleum Supplies, Terry Bennett, submitted that the sale of liquor at the site “would not cause undue annoyance or disturbance to any person or business”.

“The benefits to the community of the sale of liquor at this site are industry development and employment creation; more jobs and stimulating growth in the Tasmanian economy will be achieved,’’ he wrote.

“Like the liquor license I hold at Grand Central Launceston, I intend to sell exclusively Tasmanian wines, spirits and liqueurs and Tasmanian made and brewed beer produced from Tasmanian owned breweries…”

In his application, Mr Bennett wrote that if liquor was sold on site, it will require additional staffing hours to order, stock and sell the product.

Mr Bennett wrote that there was potential for additional jobs at the store if the liquor licence application was successful.

“The responsible expansion of the Tasmanian liquor industry will have a positive impact on the economy,’’ he wrote.

A notice advertising the submission of the application is expected to be published next month.

Extracted from Daily Telegraph

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