Two Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores in Virginia’s historic Tidewater region will increase their product selection with moves to new locations next week.
Customers of Virginia ABC’s store at 3214 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News will have twice the number of products to select from when the store moves just a stone’s throw away to 3099 Jefferson Ave., Suite 100. The current store, which is one of only a handful of over-the-counter-style stores remaining around the state, will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, and reopen as a self-service store in its new location at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Store inventory will increase from 750 items in the current location to 1,854 items in the new space.
The new store will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
While the store is closed for the move, customers can shop for distilled spirits nearby at 4909 West Mercury Blvd. or 10872 Warwick Blvd. in Newport News or 3831 Kecoughtan Road in Hampton.
In Lightfoot, Virginia ABC’s store at 6610-I Mooretown Road will also close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, and reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, in a new spot nearby, at 6497 Centerville Road, Suite 306. The new location will offer customers 1,327 items to choose from including a selection of 32 wines not available in the current location. The new, 3,100 square foot store is newly constructed and joins a Harris Teeter grocery store in the shopping center. While the store is closed between Saturday and next Wednesday, customers may make purchases at the 1244 Richmond Road or 4640-3 Monticello Avenue Virginia ABC store locations in Williamsburg.
The Lightfoot location change allows for a refresh of the store’s interior by featuring new lighting, fixtures, paint, counters and flooring. It also increases the size of the retail outlet by 700 square feet. Operating hours at the new store will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
In the coming months as sales increase and customers request particular items, staff at both stores will have the ability to expand the type and number of distilled spirits carried in-store.
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.