(a)(1) The commissioner may revoke a Class A retail license if the licensee fails to operate at least one of the retail outlets authorized under the license. The commissioner may revoke a Class B retail license if the licensee fails to operate the retail outlet authorized under the license.
(2) The commissioner may not accept the bid of a person who has had a license revoked pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection when the license is offered for bid following the revocation.
(b)(1) Where a person operates at least one of the retail outlets authorized under a Class A license, but fails to operate the full number of retail outlets authorized under the license, the commissioner may reduce the number of retail outlets the person is authorized to operate under the license by the number that is not being operated.
(2) Notwithstanding any provision of section seven of this article to the contrary, the board may authorize the commissioner to issue, subject to the bid requirements of section ten of this article, a Class B license in the stead of each retail outlet for which authority to operate under a Class A license has been reduced under subdivision (1) of this subsection.
(3) The commissioner may not accept the bid of a person who has had the number of retail outlets authorized under a license reduced pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection for any Class B license issued in the stead of a retail outlet previously authorized under the reduced license.
(c) The board shall propose legislative rules for promulgation pursuant to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code prescribing the criteria under which the commissioner is to determine whether a retail licensee has failed to operate an outlet.
(d) A revocation or reduction under this section is subject to the provisions for notice, hearing and review prescribed in section twenty-eight of this article.