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Pick n Pay CEO urges govt to lift alcohol ban to help sustain businesses

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CEO Pieter Boone has been visiting broken shops, warehouses and distribution centres in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng this week.

FILE: At least 136 of Pick n Pay’s grocery and outfitters have been looted whereas others have been burnt throughout the wave of violence that gripped the nation final week. Picture: 123rf.com

JOHANNESBURG – As South African grocery store chains attempt to restore and restock their broken shops, Pick n Pay group has urged the federal government to reopen liquor gross sales to help sustain their businesses.

CEO Pieter Boone has been visiting broken shops, warehouses and distribution centres in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng this week.

He has met with affected employees members, franchise companions and different stakeholders.

At least 136 of Pick n Pay’s grocery and outfitters have been looted whereas others have been burnt throughout the wave of violence that gripped the nation final week.

This contains about 76 liquor shops.

Following the aftermath of the widespread rioting, Boone mentioned the alcohol gross sales ban wanted to be lifted urgently to ensure that the trade to recuperate.

He mentioned many impartial retailers wouldn’t survive if it went on for for much longer: “I’d like to call on the president to really review the alcohol restrictions imposed. We all know that over 300 liquor stores have been impacted across KwaZulu-Natal with over R500 million of illegal stock currently on the market.”

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