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Most F&B outlets in Clarke Quay not applying for extension to temporary liquor licence

With many World Cup matches taking place after 3am in Singapore, most F&B establishments in Clarke Quay have decided not to apply for an extension to their temporary liquor licence.

SINGAPORE: With many World Cup matches taking place after 3am in Singapore, most F&B establishments in Clarke Quay have decided not to apply for an extension to their temporary liquor licence.

Channel NewsAsia understands that only 10 per cent have applied for the 30-day extension which allows them to sell alcohol after the stipulated hours.

Last October, a new liquor licensing rule was imposed on nightclubs, pubs and restaurant operators in Clarke Quay - banning the sale of alcohol after 3am on Sundays and weekdays.

Outlets say the high cost incurred from subscribing to broadcast the World Cup matches is another reason.

Gordon Foo, coordinating director of operations for St James Holdings, said: "From the business standpoint, this World Cup with the timings of the matches does not make business sense. If we are going to screen all the matches, we expect a 20 to 30 per cent increase in cost.

"And with the timings of the matches and the expectations of the number of customers who will come out for the World Cup, I don't think we can actually break even."

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