ABC store moving to Dublin


ABCDublin2The ABC Store in Memorial Square Shopping Center in Pulaski will be closing soon and relocating to the shopping strip near Walmart in Dublin.

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 She said stores are relocated from time to time for various reasons, including the current location being outdated or too small, declining foot traffic, etc.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.



10 Responses to ABC store moving to Dublin

  1. County resident

    January 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Another empty store in Memorial Square Shopping Center and two ABC stores within a few miles of each other.

    • Va Girl

      January 30, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Dublin is still closer to Pulaski than Radford where the other ABC store is. Personally it doesn’t matter to me. I go in there maybe half a dozen times a year, but I was in there Christmas shopping for a few bottles in December and asked why they were moving. The clerk in the store said they needed a bigger facility.

    • John

      January 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      It makes sense from a market standpoint. Pulaski is a dying town…though one could argue it’s been hanging on life support for years, really. More growth in the County is happening around Dublin and Claytor Lake, which means revenue growth for the ABC is better if they locate in Dublin, because that’s where a growing customer base is closer. Fairlawn, the other growth center for the County, has the Radford store across the bridge…so really, I think it makes sense.

  2. Andrew Cocke

    January 27, 2013 at 2:25 am

    As was stated, there is really no tax revenue to be generated from the store. So really, what does the Town of Pulaski have to gain by having this establishment within its borders?

    What do we have to loose? A few less drunks on the street?

    Meh… I’ve never even been in there.

    • Vanette

      February 9, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Moving the store to Dublin would definitely eliminate a few drunks on the streets and send more of them to the highway instead. How much revenue will we lose once all the businesses move to Dublin and/or Fairlawn? Pulaski is a dying cell and something truly needs to change.

  3. County resident

    January 28, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Whomever owns that shopping center has to pay real estate taxes and that is kinda hard to do without tenants in the spaces. I do not shop at every store in a strip mall but an empty space in an already desolate shopping center is never a “good” thing.

  4. Non County Resident

    January 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Businesses are leaving Pulaski for one reason and one reason only.The town of Pulaski keeps raising taxes on anyone and everybody left in the town. The concept of lowering taxes in order to attract people and business would never fly to such an old fashioned closed minded council. Sad but true.

    • Andrew Cocke

      February 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Actually the town tax rates on real estate seem to be unchanged for the last several years. I’m not sure about the personal property rate.

      Real estate taxes are paid on buildings whether they are occupied or not.

      In my view, the town can not attract or keep businesses is because the town has no major industry. The town has no major industry because the town does not have a sewage treatment facility equipped to handle industrial sewage.

      This was a scandal by the Peppers Ferry Waste Water treatment facility that resulted in a 40% increase in sewer bills for everyone, and introduced industry killing sulfate limits. The town of Pulaski fought it the best they could, even going so far as chartering a PAT bus for protesters to attend the board meeting. In the end, they were defeated, and the town died a little more. The resulting several years has just been a chain reaction of fewer industries, fewer retail businesses, and finally, fewer residents, as those in the working class are forced to seek residence elsewhere closer to work, leaving only the welfare class, and the retirement class.

  5. Shannon

    February 2, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I can see the convoy of mopeds heading to Dublin on Friday.

  6. Shannon

    February 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Oh great, now I will have to dodge the convoy of mopeds heading to Dublin on Friday’s.

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