Tesco has secured its first US site in Las Vegas - but it could fail to get a licence to sell booze there because it is close to a school.

Tesco will hear next week whether or not a licence will be granted at the store in Clark County which, despite being home to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and 14 of America's 15 largest hotels, is also subject to strict state laws on liquor licensing.

"There will be a location suitability hearing on 28 November before the county liquor and gaming board for the Tesco site at Tropicana Avenue and Durango Drive," a Clark County spokesman told The Grocer. "That hearing will determine whether the location is suitable for a liquor licence. The site is within 1,500 ft of a school. That's why there will be a hearing."

In addition to the liquor licence, Tesco will also have to apply to Clark County for a grocer's licence.

Tesco plans to start trading in the US next autumn. It has already recruited 100 people at its head office in El Segundo, California.

It is planning an 820,000 sq ft distribution centre on a former air force base in California.

Lawsuits have been filed against the plans, with opponents claiming the local authority has not studied possible effects on traffic and air quality.

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