The Association of Convenience Stores fears that retailers could face further costs after the government said that it would review the Licensing Act three months after it comes into force, nine months earlier than was previously stated.
There are fears the new deadline is a result of a media backlash against the legislation, which offers increased trading hours. It comes as Shadow Culture Secretary Theresa May called for the November implementation of the act to be delayed.
“Now that we have gone through the procedure of getting applications in on time, most retailers just want to get on with it,” said a spokesman for the ACS.
He said that a delay to the act’s introduction was preferable to amendments further down the line.
“If there is any doubt over the laws then this will cause concern. In the past changes to new laws after they have been introduced have been met with more administrative costs and investments from retailers.”