With a brand new Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) store just down the street, customers and employees at the 3678 King St. location in Alexandria were feeling envious. But that was short-lived because the Bradlee Shopping Center store is currently undergoing a complete renovation that will transform the shopping experience.
The city of Alexandria retail outlet, which has been at its current location for nearly 50 years, will be closed through early June during the construction project. The renovation will include new interior elements such as flooring, paint, ceiling tiles, lighting and counters.
The remodel will not change the size of the 2,897-square-foot location, but enhancements to the store layout will offer an expanded sales area that provides the opportunity for a larger product selection. When the store reopens, it will carry more than 1,400 products, including premium bourbon, Scotch and tequila items and a wide selection of Virginia-made wine and spirits. In addition, the transformation will allow the store to host tastings, events that Virginia ABC hosts each week at locations around the state where customers can sample various products.
“We are excited about this opportunity and are pleased to be able to provide an enjoyable and inviting atmosphere for patrons,” said Virginia ABC Director of Retail Operations Wilson Jones. “We are always seeking ways to make our extensive product selection more convenient and accessible for our shoppers.
”The King Street store is one of six Virginia ABC stores in the city of Alexandria. In fiscal year 2015, it sold more than 36,000 gallons of product and grossed nearly $3.4 million in sales. During the closure, nearby Virginia ABC stores located at 4349 Duke St. in Alexandria, 2955A S. Glebe Road in Arlington and 3556E South Jefferson St. in Bailey's Crossroads are open for business.
“Alexandria residents requested that we modernize this store, and the complete overhaul of this space is proof that we are listening,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter. “I think shoppers will be pleasantly surprised with the changes and will respond positively to having an updated Virginia ABC store in their area.”
For customer convenience, a searchable list of Virginia ABC’s 358 retail outlets—including brands and quantities of spirits available at each location—can be found on the agency’s updated website (www.abc.virginia.gov). Customers may also order spirits online for delivery to the store of their choice.
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 358 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 marking its 82nd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Alexandria ABC Store Undergoing Complete Renovation