January 26, 1991. Kwik Save suffered an ominous start to its defence of Merseyside when only days before the opening of the region's first Aldi, its unit was badly damaged by fire. Staff managed to get the store back into operation in time to greet the competition. The German discounter gained a last minute drinks licence after magistrates refused to grant the transfer to a prospective manager who is just 21 years old. The court, in Ormskirk, allowed the reapplication in the joint names of the new manager, and regional director. {{COUNTERPOINT }}