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Licence application to sell glasses of wine at The Wine Shop in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 28, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

James Molden at The Wine Shop in Russell Street, Leek.

James Molden at The Wine Shop in Russell Street, Leek.

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A WINE shop owner has applied for a licence to be able to sell glasses of the drink on his premises.

James Molden, who has been running the Wine Shop in Russell Street in Leek since last Summer, has applied to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to vary the premises licence "from an off to an on and off licence".

The application states that the variation is being asked for: "Due to the installation of our Wine Dispenser which dispenses 125ml and 250ml glasses as well as 50ml samples.

"This is for the future development of the business and will allow people and valid customers to sit in our shop and enjoy wine on the premises."

The standard days and timings asked for as part of this licence are Monday to Saturday, from 8am until 11pm.

James further explained to the Post & Times: "The idea is that we are able to let people sit in our shop and enjoy wine. The shop opening times won't be changing much.

"I'm just hoping to stay open until around 7pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

"We will be renovating the shop to move some shelving stacks to make room for a couple of tables with chairs.

"It's all about trying before buying. We are not really going to become a bar – it's more focused around the product.

"It's for people who have an interest in wine and getting good wine at good prices.

"Maybe people can pop in to us before they head up to town for an evening."

With the licence application, James aims to make his shop more of a welcoming place.

He said: "I will have background music on to help create a nice atmosphere. We are just going to be a shop with the ability for customers to sit and enjoy the products.

"It's also, for me, about product development as it will be a way of getting further feedback from customers."

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