Morrisons takeover forces thousands of high street stores to stop selling booze and lottery tickets

A takeover by supermarket giant Morrisons has forced more than a thousand stores across the UK to stop selling alcohol. The sale of lottery tickets was also affected.

It is understood that the store cannot sell these items due to licensing issues affecting all stores following the Morrison’s takeover. Customer notices have been erected inside the Morrison’s store on London Road in Leigh-on-Sea, which is run by McColl’s.

The notice reads: “Unfortunately, we are required by law to temporarily suspend all alcohol sales. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. We hope to serve you as soon as possible.”

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Signs erected on lotto tickets also read: “Lotto services are currently unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

Morrisons has confirmed the suspension affects all stores, but is unable to confirm when the issue will be resolved. He assured that he was working to resolve the problem as soon as possible.



Morrisons has confirmed the suspension affects all stores

A spokesperson for Morrison’s, which takes over McColl’s stores, told DevonLive: ‘As far as the sale of alcohol is concerned, this is something that impacts all stores and we are working at pace to ask all the correct licenses.

The group operates around 1,100 convenience stores and newsagents across Britain, some 200 of which have been converted to Morrisons Daily stores, such as the London Road store in Leigh-on-Sea, after a partnership with the supermarket.

McColl’s has struggled a lot during the pandemic due to supply chain issues, inflation and a heavy debt burden. If it goes bankrupt, it will make another retailer a victim of the Covid-19 pandemic and changing shopping habits, following the demise of Debenhams and Arcadia Group.

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