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Scholten’s Convenience Store was one of the two local businesses that lost a bid to set up a NB Liquor agency store in the Fredericton-area community. (CBC)

The winning bidder for a liquor agency store outside Fredericton is asking to intervene in a legal dispute involving NB Liquor, an unsuccessful bidder, and a group called the Concerned Citizens of Hanwell.

Chris Scholten, owner of Scholten's Convenience Store in Hanwell, submitted a bid to have his store become the NB Liquor agency outlet.

He’s applied for a judicial review of NB Liquor’s decision to award the contract to Moncton-based Power Plus Technology, which also plans to build a gas bar and convenience store.

The decision sparked controversy among local residents. The Concerned Citizens of Hanwell argued that local bidders should receive preference, in accordance with NB Liquor's guidelines.

The court was supposed to hear legal arguments from Scholten, NB Liquor and Concerned Citizens of Hanwell on Wednesday.

But a last-minute request from Power Plus for standing — the right to appear in court as an interested party and make arguments — delayed the hearing.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Paulette Garnett will rule on the application on Aug. 19.

She set Aug.  21 as the new date for the hearing itself.