City Road supermarket slammed for ‘severe lack of effective management’

Bağci Food Centre. Photograph: Google.

An Islington supermarket has received a dressing-down from the council’s trading standards team for a “severe lack of effective management”.

Bağci Food Centre’s licence is up for a possible medium-term suspension after council officers found it selling alcohol for which it could not provide invoices, as well as selling alcohol to young people without asking for identification.

The supermarket, located near City Road, has been under investigation since November, from which point the Town Hall claims its management have not been present for any visit.

A trading standards report states: “There appears to be a severe lack of effective management at the premises.

“The licensee and designated premises supervisor have not been present at any of the visits to the premises by officers from trading standards, indicating that they have little or no operational control in the business.

“They are therefore not managing the premises effectively as they are required.”

An employee at the Food Centre was also served an £80 penalty notice for serving a can of Ace cider to an unaccompanied 14-year-old who was working for the police.

The shop will receive a decision on whether its licence will be suspended at the 19 February meeting of Islington’s licensing sub-committee.