By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Carol Mawyer, a public relations specialist with Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, didn’t know why the store was being moved to New River Plaza Shopping Center. She said stores are relocated from time to time for various reasons, including the current location being outdated or too small, declining foot traffic, etc.
A spokeswoman in the Pulaski store said that facility would be closing Feb. 10. Mawyer said the new store, at 5423 Alexander Road, opens Friday, Feb. 15.
ABC has 339 stores across the state. Mawyer said plans call for 20 more to be opened within the next three to five years.
Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley said the only loss to the town is the loss of traffic to the town and Memorial Square Shopping Center.
According to Pulaski Finance Director Sherry Boyd and Pulaski County Finance Director Diane Newby, localities no longer receive any revenue from ABC profits. A portion used to be shared with localities, but Boyd said the state stopped sharing revenues several years ago.
Newby said the last time the county received any revenue from liquor sales was 2008.