Beer, Wine and 53 Days to Act

Beer, Wine, Gas and 53 Days to Act

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Article by Brian McMahon

If you own a convenience store with gas pumps in Michigan and also want to sell beer and wine, now is the time to act!

On January 4, 2017, a number of laws that pertain to the Michigan liquor control act went into effect. One of the new laws removed the outright prohibition against convenience stores with gas pumps from obtaining a Specially Designated Merchant license (“SDM”), i.e. the license issued by the Michigan liquor control commission (“MLCC”) that allows the sale of carry-out beer & wine.

However, although the outright prohibition was removed, the new laws contain certain inventory and square footage requirements that a convenience store with gas pumps will not likely be able to meet in order to qualify for a SDM.

But guess what – if you own a convenience store with gas pumps and you apply for a SDM license before March 5, 2017 (i.e. sixty days after the enactment of the law), these new requirements will not apply to your application; and so long as you otherwise qualify, your convenience store with gas pumps will be licensed to sell beer and wine.

If you own a convenience store with gas pumps and are interested in being able to sell beer and wine, feel free to contact one of Kreis Enderle’s business attorneys now.

Posted on January 10, 2017
Tagged as Business Law