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A notice of suspension from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division hangs on the door of B&C Liquor’s.

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division suspended B&C Liquor’s liquor license late last year, and the business has been closed since Feb. 12.

The well-known Maquoketa retailer, which sells tobacco products and soft drinks as well as alcoholic beverages, has a sign taped to its front door that says its license was suspended Dec. 8.

The license suspension, according to state records, was the result of the store failing to pay for liquor shipments.

In Iowa, liquor stores are required to buy spirits from the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, which is part of the Iowa Department of Commerce.

B&C Liquor’s owner, Michelle Burkey, said the store, located at 509 E. Platt St., closed earlier this month because of plumbing and heating problems. The store had remained open after its liquor license was suspended in December, selling other products. Burkey said she intends to reopen, but did not say when.

“As the owner of B&C Liquor, I have decided to use this time to perform a ‘facelift’ to the store,” Burkey said, adding that she wants to offer new items to customers in the future.

According to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, on multiple occasions Burkey had insufficient funds to pay for the liquor she ordered and received. 

Burkey said she is “following all protocols set forth by the state of Iowa to reinstate” her liquor license.

It’s not the first license suspension for the Maquoketa liquor retailer. The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division had suspended B&C’s liquor license April 28, 2020, for not paying outstanding tax/court debt to the Iowa Department of Revenue. The department later withdrew the non-compliance complaint, and the retailer’s license was reinstated May 4.