The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) store located at 132 Lee Jackson Highway in Staunton is closing at the end of the month. Two other ABC stores in the area—at 1028 Richmond Ave. and 201 State St.—will remain open. In addition to the stores in the city, there are locations in the neighboring areas of Stuarts Draft and Fishersville which Virginia ABC opened in 2014.
“Virginia ABC regularly checks for changes in demographics, traffic patterns, population density, distance to other ABC locations and store sales,” said Director of Retail Operations Wilson Jones. “As situations change or opportunities open up, Virginia ABC relocates, remodels or adapts as needed. Opening the Fishersville and Stuarts Draft stores allowed us to provide more shopping convenience for Augusta County customers, therefore reducing the need for three stores in the city of Staunton.”
The ABC store has been at the Staunton Mall location since 1969 and was on a month-to-month lease. The last day customers will be able to make purchases will be June 30. The remaining two Staunton stores are open from 10 a.m. ¬to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Since the start of the current fiscal year on July 1, 2014, Virginia ABC has opened five new stores, relocated eight and modernized 12.
“For the last decade, Virginia ABC has been opening smaller stores in more areas to reduce travel time for customers,” Jones said. “With the other ABC stores in and around Staunton, we are able to meet the needs and fulfill the orders of area customers, retail licensees and restaurant sellers and servers.”
Customers may use Virginia ABC’s newly updated website (www.abc.virginia.gov) to search for ABC stores, determine the availability of products at any of the more than 350 retail locations and order spirits online for delivery to a local store. Currently 98% of Virginia’s population resides within 10 minutes of an ABC 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 351 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.
Virginia ABC to Close One of Three Staunton Stores