Drink ban lifted in Aberdeen Tesco
Published:  23 July, 2010

Tesco has been allowed to sell alcohol at an Aberdeen superstore following eight months of being barred from drinks sales.

The city’s licensing board ruled last November that the Cults suburb already had sufficient alcohol retailers, and turned down Tesco’s licensing application on the grounds of over-provision.

But in a landmark legal ruling by the sheriff principal, the ban was overturned in a decision which may pave the way for similar legal challenges across Scotland.

The sheriff said the main objector to Tesco’s licence had been a rival retailer, and the licensing board had not referred to the licensing objectives when making its decision.




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