The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) grand opening event at the North Great Neck Road location on Aug. 4 was more than just a celebration of the 15th store in Virginia Beach, it was also an occasion to recognize a milestone. At the ceremony, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter highlighted agency accomplishments that facilitated the opening of the 360th store in the commonwealth.
Painter highlighted accomplishments since the beginning of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration.
“Virginia ABC has opened 19 new stores in the past two and a half years, including four premier locations featuring design enhancements that have been very well received by customers,” he said. “To stock the shelves of those locations, which are now more convenient for many customers, we have expanded the selection and variety of products we carry. In 2014, we introduced 119 new products into our inventory, 14 of which were made in Virginia. Last year we added another 159 distilled spirits, mixers and wine, and 20 of those were produced in-state. Three quarters of the way through 2016, we’re on track to surpass last year’s number of new products. Customers have 146 new items to choose from, 25 of those being Virginia-made.”
“Virginia ABC has an impressive commitment to progress, innovation and success in all areas of agency operations,” said Secretary Moran. “Reaching the 360 store mark helps ensure Virginia ABC’s track of record-setting sales continues, sales that support important government services and initiatives while reinforcing our commitment to the highest standards of safety for what we sell.”
Virginia ABC’s growth trend will continue. The agency has fully executed the lease on six new stores, and has nearly a dozen more in the development pipeline.
“Our enhanced website and our new distribution system for limited availability products, as well as retail locations being open an hour earlier at noon on Sundays—which has already lead to 42 percent increase in Sunday sales since the fiscal year began—all show Virginia ABC’s commitment to excellent customer service by providing more opportunities for patrons to responsibly enjoy the more than 2,600 products offered in stores and online,” Painter added.
A searchable list of Virginia ABC’s 360 retail outlets—including brands and quantities of spirits available at each location—can be found on the agency’s 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 360 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 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.
Opening of 360th Virginia ABC Store Shows State’s Progress, Innovation and Success