RICHMOND – Looking for that special holiday gift for the scotch, tequila or brandy lover on your list? For the first time, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) will provide a convenient way for Richmond area mall shoppers to buy liquor gift sets over the holidays. Beginning today through Dec. 31, Virginia ABC will feature a limited selection of high-end, boxed liquors starting around $40 in the Chesterfield Towne Center and Short Pump Town Center. Some products include bar items such as branded glasses, a decorative tin or cocktail shaker.
“Liquor gift sets are historically popular sellers in our stores during the holiday season,” said Virginia ABC Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill. “This year, we’re offering a premier selection of some of our most popular items to mall customers as an added convenience while they’re shopping for everyone on their holiday gift list.”
Chesterfield Towne Center shoppers can find the Virginia ABC kiosk near American Eagle Outfitters on the first floor. A temporary “pop-up” Virginia ABC store is located in the Short Pump Town Center on the second floor near Hollister. Both locations will feature more than 20 premium spirits including hard-to-find scotches such as Bowmore 15 Year Darkest and Talisker Distiller’s Edition. Online ordering is not available for kiosk or “pop-up” store locations.
Kiosk and store hours of operation Mondays through Saturdays are the same as mall hours. On Sundays, these locations will open after 12 p.m., when liquor is legally permitted to be sold in Virginia. They will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) and Christmas Day but will be open during mall hours on all other holidays. Both locations will accept credit and debit card payments only – no cash transactions.
Customers can also take advantage of Virginia ABC’s Black Friday promotion on Nov. 23 at these locations. All pretax purchases totaling $100 or more will receive a 20 percent discount. The sale does not apply to licensee purchases.
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.
Richmond Holiday Pop-Up ABC Stores