To better serve the burgeoning number of residents in the City of Alexandria, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has opened its seventh retail outlet in this busy Northern Virginia market. The new store is located at 4349 Duke St. in space formerly occupied by Pier 1 Imports.
The public is invited to a grand opening event at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13. Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran will join Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter and special guests at this celebration, which will include brief remarks, a ribbon cutting, photos and informal store tours. Refreshments will follow at 11:30 a.m.
“We’re excited to provide another retail location in Alexandria as an added convenience for the growing population and business base,” said Painter.
“Virginia ABC strategically chose the Duke Street location to meet market demands and better serve our Alexandria customers,” said Wilson Jones, director of retail operations.
The new 8,813-square-foot space includes 7,235 square feet of retail space with the remainder set aside for storage and the building’s mechanical operations. The new store offers approximately 1,500 items and employs seven people. Store hours will be 10 a.m.− 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1−6 p.m. Sunday.
“We're thrilled to have a store on this major thoroughfare and are eager to welcome customers, answer their questions and fulfill special requests,” said Jones. “As we get to know customers in this area we will adjust the store’s product mix to accommodate their tastes.” The first 25 customers at the grand opening will receive a free gift.
Virginia ABC operates 358 stores in the commonwealth. The agency has opened 87 stores over the last decade and has plans to open additional stores based on market research, customer demand and available locations. Currently 92 percent 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 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.
Virginia ABC Opens New Store on Alexandria’s Duke Street