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565 Michigan Businesses Are Using the Spirits Buy Back Program with Two Days to Go

Media Contact: LARA Communications 517-335-LARA (5272)

April 22, 2020 – Bar and restaurant owners have two remaining days before Friday’s deadline at 5 pm to request a spirits buy back from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC).

As of late today, the MLCC has submitted a total of 441 completed applications to the Michigan Department of Treasury for a total of $2,276,307.34 since the program began. The MLCC has received another 124 requests that are in process. That would be 565 businesses that have applied, to date. 

Licensees can apply using an online fillable form and inventory form found at or they may submit the application and inventory form by first class mail, postmarked by Friday, April 24, 2020. A list of frequently asked questions about the program are also available on the MLCC website.

Gov. Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-46 authorizing the MLCC to offer a spirits cash buy back to liquor licensees whose businesses have been affected by Executive Orders related to the continuing COVID-19 health crisis.

For more information on the coronavirus/COVID-19 state of emergency please visit the State of Michigan’s coronavirus website at

It is the mission of the MLCC to make alcoholic beverages available for consumption while protecting the consumer and the general public through the regulation of those involved in the importation, sale, consumption, distribution, and delivery of these alcohol products.

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