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Michigan panel works to loosen liquor store restrictions

Jon Harrison

A proposed change to Michigan alcohol rules would allow multiple liquor stores on the same street corner and hurt existing retailers, say critics who are expected to pack a Wednesday public hearing.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is attempting to eliminate the so-called half-mile rule, which has usually limited liquor stores from operating within 2,640 feet of one another since 1979. Hundreds of liquor store owners are expected to attend the hearing and speak out against the plan, according to the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers, a trade group representing independent retailers.

The state says the rule is outdated and no longer needed.

For the full article, see Jonathan Oosting, "Mich. panel works to loosen liquor store restrictions", Detroit News, September 6, 2017.


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