More Than 100 Businesses Holding a Liquor License Pass Controlled Buys

Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

November 12, 2009 - More than 100 Michigan liquor licensees passed controlled buys in September as part of controlled buy sting operations by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) and law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement agencies are not required to report passed decoy operations, however some have voluntarily reported the 108 businesses listed below for recognition by the MLCC.

Under Michigan law all licensees have an equal chance of being randomly selected for a minor decoy compliance check. A business can also be selected for a compliance check if there is a documented complaint of sales to minors.

"This is our way of patting our licensees on the back for a job well done," said Nida Samona, Chairperson of the MLCC. "The licensee or clerk should always check the identification of a person who appears less than 40 years old. One of our concerns is the use of false ID, which has become a serious problem for the MLCC, retail licensees and their employees. Minors attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages sometimes use IDs that are altered, counterfeit, or belong to someone else."

The Commission and law enforcement agencies perform the minor sales checks in an effort to reduce drinking by minors, which is a serious problem throughout the state. The MLCC tests about 2,000 licensed establishments each year.

Businesses that passed: 

Yukon Inn, Paradise 

Mickey's Bar, DeWitt 

The Rock Mini Mart, Davison 

Zip's Party Store, Davison 

Oak Street Market, Davison 

VG's Food & Pharmacy, Davison 

7-Eleven, Davison 

Little Caesars Pizza, Davison 

Meijer #224, Davison 

Big R's Pump & Party, Beaverton 

Fruchey Foods, Beaverton 

Beacon & Bridge Market, Gladwin 

The Rivers Market, Gladwin 

JP's Pizza, Beaverton 

Toutant's General Store, Gladwin 

Sandy's Market, Beaverton 

Family Market, Gladwin 

Lakeshore Marina, Gladwin 

Mark's Watershed, Haslett 

Outback Steak House, Okemos 

Chili's Grill & Bar, Okemos 

Tim's Market, Michigan Center 

Leoni Party Store, Jackson 

Fergs' Parma Pub, Parma 

Walmart Store, Kalamazoo 

Sprinkle Mart, Kalamazoo 

Harding's Friendly Market, Richland 

Main Street Pub III, Kalamazoo 

Ziggy's Party Store, Kalamazoo 

Wilson Party Store, Grandville 

Lake Street Station, Sand Lake 

Steve De Young's Big Top Market, Sand Lake 


Meijer, Grand Rapids 

Pfeffer's Pharmacy, Wyoming 

Meijer, Wyoming 

Rite-Aid Discount Pharmacy, Cedar Springs 

Super Mercado Mexico, Wyoming 

Gordy's Supermarket, Wyoming 

Burton Quick Stop II, Wyoming 

7-Eleven, Wyoming 

Family Fare Supermarket, Cedar Springs (2) 

The Bottle House, Grand Rapids 

Speedway, Wyoming (3) 

44th Street Market, Wyoming 

Duthlers Family Foods, Wyoming 

Cost Plus World Market, Grandville 

KB's Oriental Market, Wyoming 

Waalke's Food Market, Wyoming 

Meijer, Grandville 

H & H Party Store, Wyoming 

J & R Supermarket, Wyoming (2) 

ABC Liquor Party Store, Wyoming 

Galewood Food Store, Wyoming 

Clyde Park Foods, Wyoming 

Harry's Corner, Wyoming 

Aldi, Wyoming 

Costco, Wyoming 

Twenty Eighth Street Party Store, Wyoming 

Mel's Party Store, Grandville 

Family Fare, Wyoming 

Family Fare, Grandville 

Grand Valley Party Store, Grandville 

R&S Party Store, Wyoming 

CVS Pharmacy #7549, Wyoming 

Walmart, Grandville 


Supermercado Guanajuato, Wyoming 

CVS Pharmacy #8290, Wyoming 

Little Pena's, Wyoming 

CVS Pharmacy #8306, Wyoming 

Pickelman's Petro, Newberry 

Connie's Helmer Market, McMillan 

Hilltop Shell, Newberry 

Bear Den, McMillan 

Holiday Gas Station, Newberry 

Newberry Mobile Mart, Newberry 

Minute Stop Food, Roseville 

River Rock, Big Rapids 

Twin Lakes Market, Sanford 

Edenville, Edenville 

Sanford Lake Marina, Sanford 

Northern Market and Party Store, Midland 

Fremont Party Station, Fremont 

Sportsman's Bar, Newaygo 

Kelly's Pub, Fremont 

Mr. Joe's 12 Hi Bar, Southfield 

Bar Star, Southgate 

Beer Cooler, Southgate 

Wine Town Party Store, Southgate 

7-Eleven Food Store, Southgate 

Malarkey's Pub, Southgate 

1-Stop Food Stores, Southgate 

Southtown Market, Southgate 

Cloverleaf Bar, Southgate 

Snooker's Pool & Pub, Southgate 

J & H Family Stores, Wyoming 

Ruby Tuesday, Okemos 

The Crazy Cowboy, Jackson 


"The licensee may be able to deter the use of false ID by informing minors that an attempt to purchase liquor by using false ID is a misdemeanor and is punishable by imprisonment up to 93 days and/or a fine of up to $100," said Samona.

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