One of five Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores in Portsmouth is about to move into new quarters. The Virginia ABC store which has been at 5748 Churchland Blvd. since 2003, is moving around the corner to retail space at 5909 High St. West. The current store will close at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, and reopen at the new location less than one mile away on Veteran’s Day, Friday, Nov. 11.
The new location will offer customers a fresh shopping experience with new flooring and store fixtures. A “Made in Virginia” display with an assortment of distilled spirits produced in the commonwealth will figure prominently in the new location.
“Because High Street is more traveled than Churchland Boulevard, the new location provides greater accessibility and customer convenience,” said Director of Retail Operations Wilson Jones. “In addition, it gives us the chance to completely modernize the space with new countertops, fixtures and flooring.”
The new Portsmouth store will feature nearly 200 square feet of additional space on the sales floor allowing for more displays and promotions. The location change will not affect the vast product selection. With 1,427 items to choose from, customers will be able to find the distilled spirits, mixers and Virginia wines they currently enjoy.
In fiscal year 2016, the retail outlet sold 194,201 bottles generating $2,740,969 in gross sales.
“We expect Portsmouth residents to respond very positively to having an updated Virginia ABC location in their area,” said Jones. “It will make the shopping experience enjoyable for both long-time customers and patrons who haven’t previously explored the impressive selection of products at this store.”
During the five-day closure, customers can shop at nearby Portsmouth ABC stores located at 3014 Turnpike Road and 4020 Victory Blvd. When it reopens, operating hours will remain the same: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For customer convenience, a searchable list of Virginia ABC’s 361 stores—including brands and quantities of spirits available at each location—can be found on the agency’s website (www.abc.virginia.gov). The website’s “store locator” function will assist customers in finding neighboring stores where they may order spirits online for delivery to the location of their choice.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.9 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 362 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 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Portsmouth ABC Store Moving