Downtown GR liquor store’s license yanked

Grand Rapids
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A liquor store in downtown Grand Rapids that had been closed amid multiple violations has had its liquor license pulled.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission revoked Lucky’s Downtown Market’s license at a Tuesday hearing.

State officials say that within one year, the liquor store on S. Division Avenue south of Fulton Street had seven violations. It sold alcohol to people who were underage twice and sold to people who were visibly drunk five times. The last two violations of selling to someone who was drunk were reported to state officials by Grand Rapids police, who started keeping an eye on Lucky’s because of a history of problems.

Officials shut down the shop earlier this year due to the violations.

During the Tuesday hearing, liquor control commissioners said they didn’t see any evidence that the owners of the store were trying to do better. Staff hadn’t undergone any more training or received any new policies, no one responsible for the inappropriate sales had been fired, and the owners hadn’t installed any new technology to try to prevent violations.

“The licensee has shown a pattern of indifference to the real dangers of selling alcohol to minors and visibly intoxicated individuals,” MLCC Chairman Andy Deloney said in a statement. “The licensee failed to demonstrate any policies and procedures that would protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public; the Commission decided that revocation was the proper course of action to take.”

The MLCC has to suspend or revoke a license if there are three violations within two years.

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