A bottle store in Bulls has been given the go-ahead after an application for a liquor licence was granted by the Rangitikei District Licensing Committee.
The hearing on Marton Wholesale Liquor Ltd's application was heard earlier this month.
Owner Vijay Kamboj, who operates two stores in Marton, welcomed the committee's decision and said he was coming to Bulls with good intentions.
While he didn't have an opening date for the Bridge St store yet, it would likely be this year, he said.
District licensing committee member and Rangitikei Mayor Andy Watson said the committee felt there was no reason to decline the application.
Both the district health board and the police held no concerns over the store opening.
Te Runanga o Ngati Apa had opposed the application. Chief executive Grant Huwyler had said in his application that the iwi, who have recently set up near the site of the proposed store, would consider moving if the application was granted.
Huwyler could not be contacted yesterday.
In 2012 an application by Sai Wholesale Liquor to open a bottle store at Holland Cres in Bulls was declined.
- Manawatu Standard
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