The latest updates: only phone and email orders, curbside pickups
By Steve Siciliano
Well, this certainly is a fluid situation.
This morning in an updated post on how we’re dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic I announced that we were shortening our hours to help mitigate the spread of the virus. That was, of course, before Governor Whitmer issued a stay at home order for Michiganders in a late morning press conference.
After the governor issued the executive order, I spent a good portion of the day trying to determine if we could, and perhaps more importantly, should remain open for business. Late Monday evening, I finally received the definitive answer in regards to the could. The following quote is from a story on MLive:
“It is our understanding at the Michigan Liquor Control Commission that liquor stores may remain open at this time, but must follow the provisions outlined in the governor’s EO (executive order),” said Jeannie Vogel, spokesperson for the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.
As I stated in yesterday morning’s post, the last few weeks have been a delicate balancing act for our management team. We want to be here for our loyal clientele, many folks currently have a preponderance of free time and are hunkering down at home making wine and brewing beer, but we also need to be cognizant of the potential impact that “being here” might have for our customers and staff.
In response to this latest development and to do our part in helping mitigate the spread of the virus, we are implementing the following until further notice:
Business hours will be from 10 am to 6 pm. We are hoping to be open seven days but this is subject to change.
Customers will no longer be allowed to enter the store. You may place an order on the phone (616-453-9674 or 616-453-9687) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will bring your purchase to your vehicle.. Please keep in mind that filling some phone orders may be time consuming. We will take your phone number and we will notify you when the purchase is ready for pickup. Please call us when you arrive. We will ask you to identify your vehicle and if you are purchasing alcohol, we may ask for your ID. We will then run your credit card and place your purchase in your vehicle.
During the time that these policies are in effect we won’t be able to accept bottle returns.
We ask for your continued patience during these difficult and unprecedented times.