Off-licences are being marginalised by new legislation for flexible opening hours as supermarket and convenience stores stay open later, according to leading industry figures.
Speaking at the London International Wine & Spirits Fair this week, Alex Anson, trading director for Threshers Group, said: “I think that we are already seeing that off-licences are under a lot of pressure, which is why the convenience store format is being adopted by many in this sector.”
He noted that although off-licences were being squeezed by the multiples and 24-hour trading, “sales out of hours are still minimal”.
The wine fair, marking its 25th year, was attended by 17,000 visitors and had 1,300 exhibitors.