Customers in Grayson County have the convenience to shop for spirits, mixers and Virginia wines at the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority’s (ABC) newest store in Independence at 576 E. Main Street in the Guynn Shopping Center. This is the first ABC store in Grayson County. A grand opening celebration will be held at the store at noon on Monday, Oct. 3.
“Before this store opened, Grayson County residents had to travel more than 22 miles to the nearest ABC store in Galax,” said Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill. “For more than a decade, Virginia ABC has been opening stores in rural areas to reduce travel time for customers. The new Independence store is one more way to enable us to better meet the needs of customers and restaurant licensees across the state.”
The public is invited to attend the celebration, which will include brief remarks from Hill and Board Chair Maria Everett, a ribbon cutting and informal store tours.
Virginia ABC currently has 396 stores across the commonwealth and plans to open additional stores in strategic locations to meet market demands and better serve its customers. Currently, 92% of Virginians live within 10 minutes of an ABC store.
The Independence store measures 2,418 square feet and has a product selection that spans of over 2,200 items, including 457 bourbons, 366 vodkas, 205 cordials, 181 rums, 154 tequilas and 88 scotches.
The store employs one sales associate, two lead sales associates, one assistant manager and one store manager who are eager to help customers find products they are looking for and discover new ones. Store hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
Customers are encouraged to visit Virginia ABC’s website at www.abc.virginia.gov
to search for stores, determine the availability of products at any retail location and order spirits online for in-store or curbside pickup, or home delivery in select areas.
Per the Code of Virginia, ABC’s profits from in-store and online retail sales are remitted each year to the commonwealth for designated state programs and services. For fiscal year 2021, ABC contributed a total of $622.8 million ($243.6 million from retail sales) to the commonwealth.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2.7 billion to the general fund in the last five years. Virginia ABC currently operates 396 state stores and provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees approximately 19,000 ABC licensed establishments. Now marking its 88th 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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