Bar in peril over licence - owner

Last updated 05:00 19/12/2012
Greg de Joux
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PUT OUT: Bar owner Greg de Joux is calling on authorities to take a commonsense approach so he can stay in business.

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A Timaru bar owner is crying foul over a decision he says will put him out of business.

But the authorities say he is being treated the same as everyone else.

Greg de Joux established Bar 1 in Stafford St on October 31 and has been trading under a temporary tavern licence.

He renewed his liquor licence controller certificate prior to opening the business, then applied to renew his bar manager's licence.

His application was turned down.

He says the decision will put him out of business as he now has to employ a bar manager.

"They told me they will grant me a manager's licence when I've done another six months in the bar.

"I have had recent bar experience and they are just delaying us.

"It's hurting us in the pocket."

Timaru District Council environmental services manager Rick Catchpowle says police and liquor licensing staff have initially declined Mr de Joux's application because he does not have six months' recent liquor industry experience of a permanent nature.

He says the requirement applies to all applicants.

"It was acknowledged by both the police and council that Mr de Joux has previously worked in the liquor industry but his last permanent position dates back some considerable time to approximately 2006 and evidence produced of his most recent experience was from 2010 and did not meet the requirements in both time and nature.

"The police have stated that once a suitable amount of time has been reached in the liquor industry, which is of a current permanent nature, they would not oppose his application and the Timaru District Council is of the same view."

Mr de Joux has owned and managed bars in Timaru since 1994.

"We can't afford it. They are being stubborn and not taking into account the commonsense approach," he said.

"I believe it's personal; they tried to discourage us from coming in here."

He says the bar's operational hours will be compromised over Christmas and the New Year period as he will struggle to find a bar manager available to work.

"Normally when you open a bar you can get a temporary manager's licence but they've deemed it high risk at all times.

"They expect me to run the show and hire a duty manager for $20 an hour."

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- The Timaru Herald

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