Newport News residents and out-of-towners alike will have even greater access to quality spirits and wines as Virginia ABC opens its newest store this week at 980 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in the Bayberry Village Shopping Center.
To celebrate the agency’s 365th store, a grand opening ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 18. Citizens are invited to join Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter, store staff and special guests at the event, which will include remarks, a ribbon cutting, informal store tours and refreshments. The first 25 customers will receive a complimentary gift.
“We’re very excited to be opening another store in Newport News,” Painter said. “We’re always looking for ways to make it easy for customers to purchase and responsibly enjoy our products. ABC is proud that 92 percent of Virginians live within 10 minutes of one of our stores. This new location in Newport News helps us improve on that already outstanding statistic.”
The store is the seventh Virginia ABC store to open in Newport News with plans for an eighth to open this summer. The 2,400-square-foot location will offer more than 1,180 products, including 287 vodkas, 162 bourbons, 126 rums, a wide selection of Virginia-made wines and spirits and more. As shoppers make purchases and express their preferences, the manager will refine and customize the store’s product mix to accommodate customer favorites.
The store, which has six employees to assist customers with all their shopping needs, will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 365 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.