Photo of new shop in Kings Cross sparks outrage from residents

A former nightlife hotspot crippled by Sydney’s draconian lockdown laws has been taken over by a new kind of business and locals are not happy about it.

Potts Point residents took to social media on Monday to complain about the opening of another supermarket at Kings Cross station.

Located directly beneath a Woolworths subway station, the store is the latest in a long line of tobacco and e-cigarette stores to open in the area.

On a corner of Kings Cross, tobacconists already occupy three shops, with another seven just a few metres away.

“The sheer number of these shops popping up is suspicious. The strip is completely saturated,” said one fed-up local.

“I feel like this could have been a Simpsons episode 20 years ago and no one would have believed something like this could happen. Really ridiculous,” said another local.

The store is located at the former site of the Goldfish nightclub.

The building that previously housed the Mercure Hotel was converted into a 19-story residential tower.

During the construction phase of the complex, there was talk of plans to establish a premium restaurant.

There were fears that the development would destroy the area’s culture.

The Kings Cross district was the city’s nightlife capital in the 2000s and 2010s, but was crippled by the 2014 lockdown laws and the Covid pandemic.

There are already two tobacco shops directly opposite the new store at 111-139 Darlinghurst Road, and several more are located further down the street.

In 2024, numerous legislative changes around e-cigarettes were introduced, and more will follow, including a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes for non-therapeutic purposes.

Since January 1, the import of non-therapeutic e-cigarettes has been illegal and retailers are given only a limited window of time to sell off their stocks.

However, it has become an illusion for policymakers to completely eradicate all e-cigarettes, including disposable and single-use e-cigarettes.

Vapes that contain nicotine are considered highly addictive and can cause “serious health problems”; some have long-lasting effects.

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