Wine shop gets new decision

| 03/11/2010

(CNS): Local wine merchants Jacques Scotthave moved another step closer to opening its new flag ship store in the district of West Bay after the Liquor Licensing Board (LLB) reconsidered its decisionsto refuse a transfer of license earlier this year. In a specially convened meeting as ordered by the chief justice last month, after a long courtroom battle, the board reconsidered the application this week based on the original information from a hearing in April. This time the board granted the change of location for a retail licence for the new store subject to planning approval. Jacques Scott confirmed they had been informed of the final outcome on Wednesday and were extremely pleased.

“We are delighted that the LLB have reconsidered, and thank them for so doing,” Peter Dutton the CEO of Jacques Scott said on hearing the news.

The wine merchants had first made their application in April of this year in order to begin the planning application process for a small commercial development next to Foster’s Republix in West Bay where Jacques Scott would be its own anchor tenant, with a flag ship wine and gourmet kitchen dining store at the heart of the development.

The application met with local objections and the board refused the license on various grounds including potential traffic problems, rising crime in the district and because it believed West Bay was already well served. However, the wine merchants applied to the courts for redress and after intense arguments before the chief justice the wine merchants prevailed in getting the board to reconsider its decision.

Throughout the courtroom wrangling JS had argued that the application was for a fine wine store not a bottle shop and there was no way it would add to the crime problems of the district as the store would close at 7pm, have a full time security guard and would not be selling single units of alcohol unlike any of the other West Bay package liquor stores.

The firm maintained throughout the legal process that the store would enhance the commercial opportunities in West Bay and boost the district’s fortunes bringing employment and new business.



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  1. Anonymous says:

    well done Jacques Scott  welcome to the real republic theres where better than the West Side

  2. Anonymous says:

    Money Talks!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Job well done !  Wonder if i should commence the court or the lawyer or the liquor licence board. Anyways this is the cayman islands money talk and bull____t walk. at least one or two more caymanian have a job. 


  4. Adam Smith says:

    But surely the better option was to maintain the option of buying overpriced bad wine from one of the limited other options who could have been assured of reaping future oligopolistic profits.

  5. if yer old enough says:

    Commended for doing what they should have done in the first place??? Get real brother, they’re only doing what the court told them to do… cause they had to… nothing big about it

  6. Anonymous says:

    The Board is to be commended for being big enough to reverse its earlier decision and for applying the law the way the court indicated is correct. 

    • Anonymous says:

      what choice did they have??

      • anonymous says:

        They coul have reconsidered and then made the same decision. Remember, no new information was allowed. – Whether you believe this was the right or wrong decision is based on whether you believed this was the right or wrong decision in the first place. One side is happy, one side isn’t.