When the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Authority opened its first Chesapeake (then Norfolk County) store in 1934, shoppers could choose from 305 products. Now, as the agency opens its ninth Chesapeake location, customers are able to choose from a catalog of more than 3,000 products.
Virginia ABC will hold a grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, for its newest store located at 1400 Kempsville Road in Chesapeake’s Orchard Square Shopping Center. The public is invited to join Virginia ABC Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill, Chief Retail Operations Officer Jeff Reeder, store staff and special local guests at the event, which will include brief remarks, a ribbon cutting, informational store tours and refreshments. The first 25 customers will receive a gift.
“We have certainly seen enormous growth in this region over the past several decades, and Virginia ABC is excited to expand the opportunity for customers to responsibly enjoy the thousands of excellent products we offer in stores and online,” said Hill.
The 2,400-square-foot store carries more than 1,179 items, which are determined by the store manager based on local preferences. This includes more than 259 vodkas, 169 bourbons and 144 rums. The store employs three sales associates. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. The nearest Virginia ABC store is located at 836 Eden Way North in the Crossways Shopping Center in Chesapeake.
“We're eager to welcome customers, answer their questions and fulfill special requests,” said Reeder. “As we get to know customers and restaurant licensees in this area, we will adjust the store’s product selection to accommodate their tastes.”
Virginia ABC operates 374 stores in the commonwealth. The agency has opened more than 80 stores in the last 10 years and has plans to open additional stores based on market research, customer demand and available locations. Customers are encouraged to visit Virginia ABC’s website at www.abc.virginia.gov to search for ABC stores, determine the availability of products at any retail location and order spirits online for delivery to a local store.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 374 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 ABC licensed establishments. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 84th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
New Chesapeake Store