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Virginia ABC store associates in masks during COVID-19

Virginia ABC Implements Measures to Ensure Safety for Customers and Employees

As an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia ABC has taken actions to ensure the safety of its employees, customers and to assist our licensee community in what is a challenging time for all.

In our 388 retail stores across the state, Virginia ABC reduced store hours so stores could be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned. Some stores were converted to “counter service” stores in which associates retrieved bottles for customers to decrease unnecessary touching of surfaces. The Authority procured masks, gloves, face shields, hand sanitizer and Plexiglas barriers for each store in the Commonwealth to ensure a safe shopping experience for all.

All stores installed social distancing markers to ensure customers maintained at least 6 feet of separation while shopping. Virginia ABC also instituted curbside pickup at nearly every store, allowing customers to order spirits online and pick them up the same day for a contactless experience. The authority has also begun a home shipping initiative it hopes to continue to grow in the future.

In the ABC warehouse, employees voluntarily wore homemade facemasks prior to the requirement to do so, frequently touched surfaces were cleaned throughout shifts and lunches were brought in to reduce additional risk of exposure to employees.

These actions and others have allowed Virginia ABC to continue serving its vital role to the Commonwealth while taking every necessary precaution to keep our employees and customers safe.

Virginia ABC new site groundbreaking

ABC Breaks Ground for New Headquarters and Warehouse

Virginia ABC reached another milestone in the relocation of its headquarters and warehouse when it officially broke ground February 4 on a 40-acre site in Hanover County. Governor Ralph Northam and Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran joined ABC Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill and more than 75 guests to recognize the commencement of construction for the authority’s 315,000-square-foot warehouse and 95,000-square-foot headquarters. Completion of the new Hanover facility is expected as early as summer 2021.

Stateways Awards

ABC Receives Two National Awards

Virginia ABC was honored in October 2020 with two awards for its innovation and excellence in marketing and logistics initiatives over the past year by StateWays Magazine, a national industry publication for alcohol control states. It is an unprecedented win as the magazine usually does not give multiple awards to one agency. Virginia ABC received the Best Retail Innovation award for its 2019 September Spirits Month promotion, in partnership with the Virginia Distillers Association, and the Best Distribution Innovation award for its Supplier and Carrier Scorecard initiatives.

Virginia ABC is governed by a part-time board consisting of a chairperson and four commissioners.
Virginia ABC works to ensure that adults of legal drinking age who choose to responsibly consume alcohol can do so in a safe environment that complies with the laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


As a revenue-generating agency of the commonwealth, we do not rely on state funding. During budget difficulties or economic downturns, Virginia ABC is less susceptible to furloughs or layoffs. Learn about job opportunities.