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Commission Votes to Lift Rule on Proximity of Mich. Liquor Stores

Michigan liquor stores would be able to locate more closely together a change recommended by state regulators. Michigan liquor stores would be able to locate more closely together a change recommended by state regulators. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

September 27, 2017 09:55 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has voted to lift a longstanding rule prohibiting liquor stores from operating within a half-mile of each other.

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The Detroit News reports approval Tuesday from the three-member panel allows the rulemaking process to proceed. The proposal prompted public safety and business concerns. Michigan legislators could intervene, however, before the rule is officially revoked.

Some liquor store owners say that they built or bought their businesses with the expectation that other stores couldn't open within a half-mile. They also say that because Michigan sets minimum liquor prices their ability to compete already is limited.

Commission Chairman Andrew Deloney says he doesn't think state government should provide liquor stores with "protection" from competition.

The state says Michigan retail liquor sales topped $1 billion in 2016.

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Information from: The Detroit News


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