A new Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) store in Moneta will make purchasing spirits easier for those living in and visiting the Smith Mountain Lake area. The store, located at 14807 Moneta Road in the Moneta Commons Shopping Center, brings the total number of ABC stores to 364.
The public is encouraged to join ABC Commissioner Judy Napier for the store’s grand opening ceremony at noon on Dec. 13. The event will include brief remarks, a ribbon cutting, photos and informal store tours followed by refreshments. The first 25 customers will receive a free gift.
“We’re excited about this new store in Moneta, which is the 10th we have opened in 2016,” said Commissioner Napier. “Opening stores is a critical component to the profits we deliver back to Virginia’s General Fund, which in the last fiscal year exceeded $165 million.”
The 2,160-square-foot location will offer more than 1,100 products, including a selection of Virginia-made spirits, wines and mixers. As shoppers make purchases and express their preferences, the manager will refine the store’s product mix to accommodate customer favorites.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
“Ninety-two percent of Virginians live within ten minutes of an ABC store and this Moneta location helps us improve upon that accomplishment,” said ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter. “By opening this store ABC is increasing access to our products both to the residents of Moneta and to the thousands of visitors to the Smith Mountain Lake area.”
A searchable list of Virginia ABC stores—including brands and quantities of spirits available at each location and the opportunity for customers to order select spirits online for delivery to stores —can be found on the agency’s recently updated website (www.abc.virginia.gov).
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 364 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.
Moneta’s First ABC Store Sets Grand Opening Ceremony