The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will hold a grand opening ceremony for its newest store located in 5th Street Station Marketplace at 415 Merchant Walk Square, Charlottesville at noon on Thursday, Jan. 26.
Virginia ABC Commissioner Judy Napier and special guests will attend the celebration, which will include brief remarks, a ribbon cutting, photos and informal store tours followed by refreshments. The grand opening ceremony is open to the public, and the first 25 customers will receive a gift.
“Virginia ABC is excited to expand the opportunity for customers in this growing suburban market to responsibly enjoy the thousands of excellent products we offer in stores and online,” said Commissioner Napier. “We are thrilled to be able to join such popular stores as Wegmans and Dick’s Sporting Goods in this new shopping center.”
The 2,800-square-foot store carries more than 1,595 items, which are determined by the store manager based on local preferences. The retail outlet employs five people: one manager, one associate manager and three sales associates. Store hours are 10 a.m.−9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon−6 p.m. Sunday.
The nearest Virginia ABC stores are located at 502 West Main St., 1169 Emmet St. and 304 Pantops Center, all in Charlottesville.
“We are committed to excellent customer service and our proud legacy of a 98 percent compliance rate for not selling to underage buyers,” said Napier.
Virginia ABC operates 364 stores in the commonwealth. The agency has opened more than 85 stores in the last 10 years and has plans to open additional stores based on market research, customer demand and available locations.
Visit ABC’s recently enhanced website at www.abc.virginia.gov to browse favorite distilled spirits and Virginia wines online and order select products for delivery to a local store.
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.