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Happy New Year! ABC stores will be open this Sunday

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If you use up all your liquor New Year’s Eve, never fear.

A state law enacted this summer allows Virginia’s ABC stores, for the first time, to open New Year’s Day – and that’s just what they’re doing. Stores across the state will be open from noon to 6 p.m.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Virginia was “dry” on Sundays, with all state liquor stores closed for the day.

In 2004, the General Assembly voted to allow ABC stores in Northern Virginia, Virginia Beach and Norfolk to be open on Sunday, but with restricted hours.

Demand was high, and three more waves of legislation followed:

  • In 2008, new legislation expanded Sunday sales to cities with populations of 100,000 or more.
  • In 2012, legislation removed population restrictions and allowed Virginia ABC to open all stores on Sundays at the agency’s discretion from 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Then this year, legislation passed allowing ABC to open all stores an hour earlier, at noon on Sundays, and to open stores on New Year’s Day.

Virginia ABC has grossed more than $300 million in Sunday sales since 2004. And in the last fiscal year alone, the agency has collected nearly $52 million in Sunday sales, a jump of more than $2 million over the previous year.

“The steady rise in Sunday sales shows customers across the state find it a convenient day to shop,” said ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter. “We look forward to providing this enhanced customer service for our Sunday patrons.” 

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