Residents of Fishersville and Stuarts Draft are used to driving to Waynesboro for their favorite distilled spirits, but that distance isn’t an issue anymore as each town now has its own ABC store. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is hosting grand opening celebrations for both stores on Friday, July 18.
The Fishersville store’s grand opening event is at 9:30 a.m. The store measures 2,438 square feet and is located in The Shops at Windward Point at 32 Windward Drive.
The Stuarts Draft store is hosting its event at noon. It is located at 2576 Stuarts Draft Highway in the Windmill Square Shopping Center and is 1,400 square feet.
Residents are invited to attend these grand openings. Virginia ABC Chairman Jeff Painter will offer remarks and participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. County officials and the business community received a special invitation to attend the events.
“We’re pleased to expand our retail presence in these communities in response to residents’ requests for more shopping convenience,” said Painter. Currently 98 percent of Virginia’s population resides within 10 minutes of an ABC store.
Both stores carry nearly 1,800 items and employ seven people each. As customers make purchases and express their preferences, store managers may customize the location’s product mix to accommodate customer favorites.
In recognition of ABC’s 80th anniversary year, the first 80 customers at each opening will receive a free non-alcoholic gift.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 349 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now in its 80th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
New ABC Stores Open in Stuarts Draft and Fishersville