Cumberland County residents will be able to shop in their own ABC store next week when the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control opens the county’s first store at 1592 Anderson Highway next to the Dixie Dream Ice Cream on Route 60.
A grand opening is planned for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
The new store is the agency’s direct response to a request from Cumberland County’s director of economic development who approached ABC officials in 2011 with a desire to bring an ABC store to the county.
Cumberland’s nearest ABC store is 15 miles away in Dillwyn. Prior to the new store’s opening, ABC’s retail presence in this four-county area was comparable to a donut -- with a store-less Cumberland in the center surrounded by an outer radius of stores in surrounding counties. Other stores are located in the counties of Powhatan, Amelia, and Buckingham and 18 miles away in the town of Farmville.
The store measures 1,500 square feet, carries approximately 614 items and will employ four people -- a remote manager, two lead sales associates and a clerk.
“We're eager to welcome customers, answer their questions, fulfill special requests and, ultimately, adjust the store’s product mix to accommodate their tastes,” said Wilson Jones, director of retail operations.
Regular store hours will be 10 a.m. − 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 − 6 p.m. Sunday. The first 25 customers Tuesday will receive a free non-alcoholic gift.
ABC has opened 80 stores in the last 10 years and has plans to open 20 more in the next three years. Currently 98% of Virginia’s population resides within 10 minutes of an ABC store. Store locations and relocations are strategically chosen to meet market demands and better serve the people of the commonwealth.
The Cumberland store is the 341st store in the ABC network.
New ABC Store Opens in Cumberland