Apparently Topshop Wanted to Sell Booze

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A look from the Boudicca Couture 2008 show. Photo: Everett Bogue

We knew Topshop wanted to have a D.J. booth in their forthcoming Soho outpost, but we didn't know they wanted a bar. That store can't get any better, right? Wrong. They were denied the right to serve liquor at last night's community-board meeting. Racked reports that older community residents showed up to speak against a Topshop liquor license. However, the Topshop folk (a.k.a. Arcadia Group) didn't show up to fight them. A correspondent who attended the meeting reports:

No one from "The Arcadia Group" was there so what ended up happening was the community board reassured the residents that they were going to deny them not only because they were a no show but also because of the zoning in the area: Buildings on Broadway are not able to serve liquor on their first floor. Although I did not completely understand because isn't Topshop going to have multiple floors? Couldn't that mean they could apply for a liquor license for another floor? It sounded complicated but they were denied anyway.


Yes, Topshop will have multiple floors. We suppose it's better for our bank accounts to not get tipsy before we shop. There's also the matter of our social lives — we'll need a reason to leave the store, after all.

Topshop Tries to Booze on Broadway [Racked]