Small liquor stores are urging the Michigan Liquor Control Commission not to repeal what’s known as the “half-mile rule.”
The rule has been in place for 40 years. It keeps new liquor stores from opening within a half mile of existing liquor stores.
Rishi Makkar is a founding member of United Small Business Owners, as well as a liquor store owner in Grand Rapids.
He say the margin of profit on liquor sales is very low, under 15%, and out of that, stores must pay taxes, credit card charges, and other fees.
“So really the half mile rule doesn’t ensure our viability…