By James Atkinson
Woolworths' proposal to open a new Dan Murphy's store within six kilometres of an existing one has been stymied by the Liquor Commission of Western Australia.
WA's Commissioner of Police opposed the store planned for Joondalup in Perth's northern suburbs, on the basis that it was too close to the existing outlet at Currambine.
The Liquor Commission agreed with Police that there was already a Dan Murphy's liquor store in close proximity to cater for the needs of consumers.
"The addition of another 'destination' liquor store at the proposed location will significantly increase outlet density to the extent that the Commission is not persuaded that it is in the public interest to approve the application," the Commission said.
It is now open to Woolworths to appeal the Commission's decision to the Supreme Court of WA, but the Court has not proved sympathetic to Dan Murphy's in recent times, having late last year rejected stores proposed for Bicton and Rockingham.
However, Dan Murphy's was granted approval in February to open a store in Kwinana, this time without having to appeal to the Liquor Commission.