Saturday 17 March 2018

WATCH: The off-licence owner - What are you hoping for in Budget 2017?

Jane O'Faherty

Ever-increasing taxes on alcohol is putting severe pressure on one Dublin off-licence.

Garret Connolly, owner of Baggot Street Wines, says a reduction in excise duty is the top change he’d like to see in this year’s budget.

He also wants to see the Government address commercial rents in Dublin, which he says are now out of control.

However, Garret added that he wants to see the State’s 9pc VAT rate remain.

Baggot Street Wines was originally part of the Oddbins chain, a UK-based off licence franchise. When Oddbins went bust in 2011, the staff at the Dublin store decided to continue as an independent shop.

The wine and beer specialists have now developed a large, loyal customer base and have also opened a wine bar called Cavern in their basement.

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