Virginians are stocking up on spirits, fearing that the ABC store system might shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week saw sales of $30.1 million up from $4.5 million the previous week. While big, the volume has not surpassed the holiday seasons last year.
For days, there have been rumors that ABC stores would shut down.
Not so, says the ABC system. They are changing store hours to open at noon and close at 7 p.m., seven days a week
So far, one store in downtown Richmond has been temporarily shut down because an employee tested positive for the virus.
Governor Ralph Northam, hoping to ease the financial pain of restaurants now closed to dining inside, has urged them to ramp up their takeout and delivery sales by letting them include wine and beer.
There had been talk that cocktails might be included, but the ABC says no.
A local ABC store employee told me that there are big runs on large bottles and there are some shortages but generally, the delivery system seems to be working. ABC also offers online sales.
Among the best- selling brands are Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Tito’s vodka.