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Highly unusual ‘hybrid agency’ with a lot of bottle gets green light

Think Property in Norwich has successfully applied for a licence to sell posh gins and liqueurs within its branch.

Nigel Lewis

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Estate agents may be busy now but many are looking for new ways to keep their businesses on the straight and narrow once the mini-boom ends and the recession kicks in.

But an agency in Norwich is taking a novel approach to this after proposing to sell posh gin as well as property via its branch.

Think Property, which has an office on St Benedicts Street in the city centre, has applied for a licence to sell alcohol via a ‘premium spirits shop’.

The licence application has been made by Mathew Drakers, the brother of Think Property owner Micky Drakers, who told the licencing committee that he owns a company making premium gins and liqueurs that has been severely impacted by the closure of pubs and restaurants during Covid, and needs an outlet for its products.

Despite objections to the application, the local council committee has approved his plans and soon, it appears, those house hunting will be able to pick up a posh tipple when popping in to discuss their property sale.

Objections

However one fly in the plan’s ointment is that one of those objecting to the new ‘hybrid agency’ is its landlord.

His representative Oliver Chapman told the committee that the “first we knew about the application was when we found it on the city council website.

Chapman said the landlord was “not interested in having a licensed premise in one of his shops”.

Mr Dakers told local media that the landlord’s objection had come as a surprise to him and that he hoped he would change his mind.

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September 16, 2020

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