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Virginia ABC Receives Best Practices Award

Being an alcohol industry leader in retail, technology, education and enforcement has earned Virginia ABC the Overall Best Practices Award from StateWays magazine, the only national magazine devoted to the issues and subjects that affect the 17 states and multiple local jurisdictions where government manages the sale and distribution of distilled spirits at the wholesale level. StateWays recognized Virginia ABC for innovations in six categories: Best Consumer Education Program, Best Technology Innovation, Best Retail Innovation, Best Stakeholder Outreach Program and Best On-Premise Partnership. ABC received the annual award in October 2021 during the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association’s Administrators Conference.

“It comes as no surprise that Virginia ABC is being recognized nationally for their efforts over the past year,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “Whether it was assessing substance use education on our college campuses, modernizing retail store operations or helping restaurants to navigate regulatory requirements during the pandemic, Virginia ABC’s employees have consistently performed well above expectations despite the challenges we have all faced during the pandemic.”  

“I’m honored that ABC was recognized for our diverse and varied set of programs that successfully serve all Virginians. The exceptional efforts of our 4,700 employees enabled us to accomplish new and innovative approaches to public service.  It is a testament to their work that Virginia ABC is being recognized as the best of the best,” said Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill. “Our values of accountability, service, integrity and performance excellence drive everything we do at Virginia ABC and it’s evident from this year’s StateWays entries that we have the right recipe to bring good spirits to Virginia.”

"Virginia ABC is a perennial winner of our Control State Best Practices Awards," said Jeremy Nedelka, StateWays magazine vice president. "This year the agency repeated its 2015 win as "Best of the Best" overall winner, thanks to consistent innovation and operational excellence in a number of areas. We're proud to recognize them with this honor."

Stafford ABC store grand opening 2021

Newest Store's Grand Opening in Stafford

Virginia ABC recently celebrated the opening of its newest store in Stafford on Aug. 1, 2021, the first store opening celebration held since February 2020 due to COVID-19 protocols.

The store officially opened on July 21, 2021 and is the sixth store in Stafford County. It is the first store to open in the county since 2018, answering the need for a higher level of convenience to the more than 75,000 21-or-older people who live in the county.

Despite the pandemic, Virginia ABC continued to open new stores throughout the commonwealth to provide the best customer service to Virginia citizens. The store in Stafford was the ninth store to open since February 2020. 

Virginia ABC New Headquarters and Distribution Center

New Headquarters and Distribution Center in Hanover

On June 21, 2021, Virginia ABC ushered in its new era with the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new headquarters and distribution center in Hanover County.

Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, Virginia ABC CEO Travis Hill and Virginia ABC Board Chair Maria Everett were on hand for the festivities, along with representatives and dignitaries from state and local government and industry. 

“The buildings here are an asset for the Commonwealth," Hill said, "and their value can be found in the process it took to get here as well as the individuals who work here every day to create innovative solutions that improve the quality of our citizen’s lives through public safety, retail and revenue.”

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Virginia ABC Board

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Careers at Virginia ABC

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.