GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A liquor store in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood is closed for now, after the state suspended its license for multiple violations.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 Friday that Lucky’s Liquor Store at 24 S. Division Avenue is in hot water over multiple violations for selling to visibly intoxicated people.
And not everyone is sad to see it closed.
Lucky’s is located in a neighborhood where the impact of alcohol addiction is all too visible.
“Alcohol continues to be a huge problem, one of the biggest problems because it is the easiest to get and it’s very inexpensive,” said Bob Kreter, marketing manager of Degage Ministries.
Degage, Mel Trotter and Guiding Light are among numerous agencies based in the Heartside neighborhood helping the homeless, many of whom struggle with addiction.
“People are trying to recover so badly, they want to get their life back, but the temptation is there,”Kreter said.
And in the middle of the neighborhood is Lucky’s Liquor Store, which sells inexpensive liquor, along with cigarettes, pop and snacks.
Before becoming Lucky’s in 2008, the business was called Downtown Market in a building constructed in 1928.
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