Graham and Kris Downing supervise the extensions to their business
Graham and Kris Downing supervise the extensions to their business

Downings press on with bottle shop renovation

By ADRIAN MILLER

PALMERS Island Pit Stop owners Kris and Graham Downing are stepping up their campaign against retail giant Woolworths.

The Downings are currently building extensions to their store in preparation of an expected challenge to the Liquor Licencing Court over Woolworths' objection to their licence application.

Mrs Downing said the renovations had to be completed before the couple could challenge the objection, even though there was no guarantee of success.

"We're putting in the extension as if the bottle shop is going ahead because we have to have that done before we can take it to court," she said.

Mrs Downing said the couple was still hopeful the company would drop their objection.

"We're still at the point where it's a hell of a lot of money to fork out before you even start, but life would be made a lot easier if they just took away their objections," she said.

The couple have been fighting Woolworths since March, when the company objected to the Downings' liquor licence application on the grounds their subsidiary, BWS in Yamba, would be unfairly affected.



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