Customers purchasing distilled spirits in Powhatan will visit a new space starting this week, but the location change will only equate to a few additional steps. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) store at 2105 Academy Road is moving from suite B to suite C, directly beside the current retail space.
To complete the move within the shopping center, this Powhatan ABC store—one of two located in the county—is closed on Jan. 23 and 24. Customers may make purchases on those days at the 1800 South Creek One location, or stores in Goochland at 2734 Fairground Road or Chesterfield at 14229 Midlothian Turnpike. The new location will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
The location change allows for a refresh of the store’s interior by featuring new lighting, fixtures, paint, counters and flooring. It also more than doubles the size of the retail outlet from 1,200 to 3,160 square feet. The expansion of both the sales floor and stock room opens the opportunity for more tastings and special events, such as moonshine maker Tim Smith’s bottle signing that was held at the location in 2016.
The relocation will not impact the product selection immediately. With more than 1,000 items to choose from, customers will be able to find the distilled spirits, mixers and Virginia wines they currently enjoy. In the coming months as sales increase and customers request particular items, staff will have the ability to expand the type and number of distilled spirits carried in-store.
Operating hours at the store will remain the same: 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.
A searchable list of Virginia ABC’s 364 stores—including brands and quantities of spirits available at each location—can be found on the agency’s newly 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.