Commission votes to lift rule on proximity of liquor stores

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The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is telling one of the state's three authorized distribution agents to fix problems with deliveries.

The Detroit Free Press reports Republic National Distributing Co., recently moved into a new warehouse in Livonia and the company said software problems there are delaying deliveries.

The commission met a few days ago with bars, restaurants, and retailers that have complained.

Commission Chairman Pat Gagliardi said in a statement Friday the agency is holding Republic accountable and it wants "to ensure our licenses have their shelves stocked for the public, especially in advance of the holiday season."

Beverage manager Pam Stigall of Ale Mary's Beer Hall in Royal Oak said the "availability of product is so unpredictable."

Republic said it's doing everything in its power to correct the situation.

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