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Our Story

Meet our Co-CEOs and learn how they grew the business into what is now the #1 Wine & Spirits Wholesaler- all the while continuing to stay family owned and operated. 

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Our Mission Statement

We are Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, Michigan’s leading family-owned and operated wholesale distributor. Our mission is to provide exceptional service, the highest degree of expertise with the best selection of products. We are committed to the growth and well-being of our employees, customers, and suppliers, as well as the advancement of our business and the communities we serve.

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For over 4 generations, we’ve been known for our hard work, fair-dealing, exceptionally personal service, deep regional expertise, and an ongoing commitment to do right by our staff. The Cooper & Ross families have built our business from a one-man corner store to a state-wide network of associates and facilities distributing known brands and emerging innovative products to all 83 counties. We’re local, everywhere.

For nearly 80 years, time and time again, it’s all come down to family. Whether you’re working with or working for Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, we treat you like family—with honesty, respect, and trust. We care deeply about our business and yours.

Watch our family business grow

Take a trip down memory lane and see how we grew from a single store to being local everywhere with our statewide wholesaler business.

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What people are saying

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Join our growing team!

Want to nerd out about wine? Can’t stop recommending your favorite new drink? You’re the right fit for Great Lakes Wine & Spirits. Join the crew and enjoy working with likeminded, passionate people.