The Virginia ABC store at 22485 Lankford Highway in Cape Charles will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, for a two week modernization project. The work will include the installation of new store counters, flooring, shelves and other interior upgrades.
Visitors to Cape Charles on Virginia’s Eastern Shore are increasing, pushing its tourism economy to new heights, according to the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC). With the rise in the number of visitors to the area, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has an opportunity to offer a new shopping experience and accommodate an increasing number of customers.
What: Virginia ABC store modernization
When: Friday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m.
Where: 22485 Lankford Highway, Cape Charles
In fiscal year 2017, the store—one of two in Northampton County—sold more than 18,000 gallons of products generating almost $1.3 million in gross sales, an 11 percent increase over the previous year’s sales. According to VTC, visitors to the Eastern Shore last year spent $273.6 million, a 4.8 percent increase over the previous year.
“The modernization project will enhance the store’s inviting atmosphere to make the retail space even more enjoyable for both long-time customers and patrons who haven’t previously explored our selection of products,” said Director of Retail Operations Wilson Jones.
During the closure, customers can shop nearby for distilled spirits at Virginia ABC stores located at Shore Plaza Shopping Center, 4090-A2 Lankford Highway, in Exmore; Four Corners Plaza Shopping Center, 25234 Lankford Highway, in Onley; and Oak Hall Marketplace, 7017 & 7019 Lankford Highway, in Oak Hall.
A searchable list of Virginia ABC’s 368 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 368 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.