The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announces the opening of a new store in Arlington, located on the ground floor of the 19Nineteen Clarendon building at 1922 Wilson Blvd. A grand opening event is planned for 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15.
Virginia ABC Commissioner Judy Napier and special guests will attend this celebration, which will include brief remarks, a ribbon cutting, photos and informal store tours, followed by refreshments at 11:30 a.m. The grand opening ceremony is open to the public. The first 25 customers will receive a free (non-alcoholic) gift.
“Virginia ABC strategically chose the Wilson Boulevard location to meet market demands and better serve the large and growing population base along this corridor,” said Wilson Jones, director of retail operations.
The 3,000 square-foot store carries approximately 1,280 items, which the manager can adjust to accommodate local preferences. The store employs five people: one manager, one assistant manager and three sales associates. Store hours are 10 a.m.− 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1−6 p.m. Sunday. The nearest ABC stores are located at 881 N. Quincy St. and 1001 N. Fillmore St., both in Arlington.
“We are happy to continue ABC’s trajectory of retail growth with the opening of this new store,” said Jones. “We are also committed to our ongoing focus on customer service and our proud legacy of a 99 percent compliance rate for not selling to underage buyers.”
Virginia ABC operates 352 stores in the commonwealth. The agency has opened 80 stores in the last 10 years and has plans to open additional stores based on market research, customer demand and available locations. Currently 98 percent of Virginia’s population resides within 10 minutes of an ABC store.
Visit ABC’s new website at www.abc.virginia.gov, browse favorite distilled spirits and Virginia wines online and order select products for delivery to a local store.
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 352 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. ABC is committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
New ABC Store Opens in Arlington