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Long queues at Pick 'n Pay liquor in Parklands on June 01, 2020 in Cape Town.
Photo: Misha Jordaan via Gallo Images
Long queues at Pick 'n Pay liquor in Parklands on June 01, 2020 in Cape Town. Photo: Misha Jordaan via Gallo Images

The restriction of alcohol sales during the current lockdown has given a glimpse of just how important the liquor business has become to Pick n Pay since the company decided to open stand-alone liquor stores almost two decades ago.

During the group's results presentation on Tuesday, chairman Gareth Ackerman called on the government to explain the "discrepancy" of allowing on-site consumption over weekends while forbidding bottle stores from operating.   

"This makes no sense when that same customer is perfectly free to go to a tavern, club or bar on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and consume alcohol on the premises," said Ackerman.

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