Two Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) retail locations in Accomack County—25234 Lankford Highway in the Four Corners Plaza Shopping Center in Onley and 7017-7019 Lankford Highway in the Oak Hall Marketplace— are getting fresh new looks this month. The projects will include the installation of new store counters, shelves and other interior upgrades.
The Virginia ABC store in Onley, which closed on Friday, Oct. 13, is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23. The retail location in Oak Hall will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, with its anticipated reopening set for 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6.
In fiscal year 2017, the stores—two of three in Accomack County—sold more than 38,640 gallons of products generating almost $2.6 million in gross sales combined, a four percent increase over the previous year’s sales. According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), tourism on the Eastern Shore also grew last year. It found that visitors to the Eastern Shore, which includes Accomack and Northampton counties, last year spent $273.6 million, a 4.8 percent increase over the previous year.
“The modernization of these stores will enhance their inviting atmosphere to create even more enjoyable shopping experiences 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 4371 Pension Street, in Chincoteague; Shore Plaza Shopping Center, 4090-A2 Lankford Highway, in Exmore; and 22485 Lankford Highway, in Cape Charles.
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.