Surrey City Hall. (File photo)

Surrey council gives OK for barber shop to serve booze

Critics called the idea ridiculous and dreadful

Haircuts and highballs?

Surrey city council gave the nod Monday for a South Surrey barber shop to serve liquor, but not without hearing some scathing opposition first.

The applicant, TPC Holdings Ltd., asked for a liquor primary license for the Trendzone Barber Shop. at Unit 110 3211-152 St., to serve liquor as an “added service for customers,” proposing a maximum occupant load of 25 people with proposed hours of operation for alcohol service from 11 a.m. to no later than 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday.

The application was roundly attacked during a virtual public hearing on Monday before council.

“What ridiculousness is this?” South Surrey resident Ivan Scott demanded. “Any council that approves such an application does not deserve to be a city council. They are a myriad of suitable establishments – restaurants, pubs and liquor stores – selling liquor within a one-kilometre radius of this ridiculously proposed establishment. Generally customers drive to a barber shop alone in a car and therefore everyone who arrives there to have a haircut and has a drink will therefore be guilty of drinking and driving after having left.”

Scott also questioned where customers with children will leave them while they’re having a haircut and a drink. “In the car?”

“I am totally opposed to such a stupid proposal,” he told council.

Deb Jack also registered her opposition.

“This is a dreadful idea in my considered opinion,” she said. “We have enough outlets that provide alcohol, we do not need it as barber shops.”

Council received four letters registering opposition to the application.

READ ALSO: City governments to get more power over patio approval, attorney general says

The applicant listed on the file is TPC Holdings Ltd. c/o RH Hospitality Solutions Inc. (Rebecca Hardin). She said the business sees this as an “ancillary” service.

“It’s a small family run business,” Hardin told council. “The owner is an entrepreneur and lives and works in the city of Surrey and she’ll be actually creating a few jobs.

“This is a complementary service, if you will, to her business model, is to offer a small option if someone wishes to take in a small beverage.

“It’s a new trend that seems to be happening in the city of Vancouver,” she said, and is “migrating out towards the cities of Surrey and other peripheral cities.”

She said it should be “heavily regulated.”

Before the vote, Councillor Mandeep Nagra asked staff if the barber shop will hire separate staff to serve liquor. “I’m assuming the barbers are not serving liquor at the same time while they’re giving cuts,” he said.

He was told staff didn’t have that information available but can report back to council on it, if council so wishes.

Councillors Steven Pettigrew, Brenda Locke and Linda Annis spoke in opposition to the application.

“We need to at some point I guess draw a line somewhere,” Pettigrew said. “I guess that line’s getting really blurred.”

Before Locke was elected to council she served as executive director of the BC Liquor Licensee and Retailers Association. “I would question that this is a good move for the other, the people that actually are truly in the liquor primary or restaurant industry.

“I find it quite a leap from what I would think as a liquor primary,” she said. “As much as I recognize that people think that they can manage this and that it’s just a little ancillary product, beverage alcohol is never an ancillary product and so I will not support this.”

Annis said she doesn’t think this is what South Surrey needs.

“It’s a stretch,” she said. “I think we don’t need that here right now.”



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Tom on Twitter

City of Surrey

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Surrey city staff hears restricting recovery homes to six clients won’t cut it

Corporate report notes there are more recovery homes in Surrey than in every other community in B.C. combined

Surrey Food Bank opens huge new ‘forever home’ in Newton

New warehouse on 78th Avenue is close to three times the size of the food bank’s old site in Whalley

Community fruit harvest program returns to Surrey, White Rock

Sources will send a team to harvest fruit trees, so less goes to waste

Semiahmoo Peninsula girls to host Black Lives Matter fundraiser

‘We are doing this because the world is full of systemic racism,’ organizer Sabine Lapointe said

South Surrey’s Historic Stewart Farm to offer guided tours

Outdoor tours to run afternoons Tuesdays through Fridays

Following incident at sea, fishing lodge says it will reopen despite Haida travel ban

QCL reopens July 10, says president; Haida chief councillor describes ‘dangerous’ boating encounter

Kamloops RCMP officer’s conduct under review after blackface jokes on social media

Meinke’s Instagram is private and it’s unclear when the posts were made

NHL says 35 players have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 8

Positive rate for the league is just under 6%

Man charged in Rideau Hall crash had rifle, shotguns, high-capacity magazine: RCMP

Hurren is accused of threatening to cause death or bodily harm to the prime minister

B.C. extends income assistance exemption for COVID-19

Provincial program to match Ottawa’s CERB, student pay

Most Read