Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and other distinguished guests joined the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) and Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) today to commemorate a substantial step in the process of relocating ABC’s administrative headquarters and warehouse from the City of Richmond to Hanover County. Construction on the 40-acre site near the intersection of Pole Green Road and I-295 is expected to be completed in 2021.
Speaking about the significance of Virginia ABC to the commonwealth, Governor Northam remarked, “ABC revenues are important to the state. ABC operates 386 stores and is on track to open one store a month over the coming year to provide excellent service and selection to consumers while generating revenues that support programs that benefit all of us. This new facility will give ABC the space it needs to continue to operate as a modern retailer.”
“This new headquarters and warehouse will take ABC to the next level,” said Secretary Moran. “Congratulations to the whole ABC team.”
ABC Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill said, “We’re marking the beginning of changing where we work and how we work. This facility is the key to us continuing to grow revenue for the commonwealth. We’re thrilled to be calling Hanover County home soon. We plan to be here for decades and will be a partner with the county going forward.”
Virginia ABC’s existing facility at 2901 Hermitage Road in Richmond has been in operation since 1971. The 292,285-square-foot warehouse has an average inventory of $51-$62 million in distilled spirits, Virginia wine and non-alcoholic mixers for distribution to 386 stores across the commonwealth. The warehouse is operating at 100% capacity, receiving and shipping 22,000 to more than 30,000 cases of distilled spirits a day.
Participants in the groundbreaking ceremony also included ABC Board of Directors Chair Maria J.K. Everett, Vice Chair Beth G. Hungate-Noland and Board Member Mark E. Rubin; DGS Director Joe Damico; Hanover County Administrator Cecil “Rhu” Harris Jr.; ABC Business Transformation Office Manager Beth Levermore and ABC Leadership and Management Program participants Trey Tingle, Sean MacCaffray and Tatiana Morales.
NOTE: A rendering of the new building and site map are available for download in ABC’s media library.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2.2 billion to the general fund in the last five years. Virginia ABC currently operates 386 state stores, and provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 18,000 ABC licensed establishments. Now marking its 86th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its vision of bringing good spirits and excellent service to Virginia.
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