Shelves in Place at Columbia Pike ABC Store

by ARLnow.com March 26, 2012 at 10:49 am 4,440 40 Comments


It appears that the new state liquor store at 2940 Columbia Pike is getting closer to opening.

The recognizable ABC logo has been placed on the store’s window, and a surprisingly large expanse of shelving can be seen inside the store. Virginia ABC officials, however, say an official opening date has not been chosen yet.

The store is located next to Lost Dog Cafe, along the Pike’s central business district.

  • yo

    the state needs to lower some of their outrageous prices.

    • Burger

      you mean get out of the business of selling liquor. Just did some travelling up to MD to visit family and the breadth and diversity of liquor a person can buy, and at cheaper prices than VA, always amazes me that VA people can’t the obvious.

      • Ben

        It’s hard for the state to give up control when they are capturing both the mark-up AND tax in revenue.

        • Burger

          Meh, that argument is a total red herring when place into any real analysis.

          Total “loss” after selling the ABC’s would be less than 1/10 of 1 percent of annual revenue of the entire budget – not including the 500 million you could raise from the sale plus annual licensing fees. Simply having people near the state’s boarders and going to DC, MD, NC, etc would likely result in higher tax revenue because you would have the sippage anymore to those state.

    • booze

      Yes, i was in chicago a few times last year, and the prices there were amazing. more importantly, booze was sold everywhere….like at the grocery store. I bought a handle of Ketel One Vodka and it was something like $31.00…that same bottle is $55.95 in Va

  • G Clifford Prout

    Mmmmbooy, that’s good booze!

  • Jon B.

    I agree on the prices of liquor. I drink my fair share, but make a point never to go to ABC in Virginia. The prices can easily be 20% higher than DC and 30% higher than Maryland. Indeed a few weeks ago a high end bottle of scotch I wanted to get as a gift was $155 in Maryland, $189 in DC, and $225 in Virginia.

  • ilikepike

    I saw this story and photos on Pike Wire’s twitter feed this past weekend.

    • G Clifford Prout

      Pike Wire is lame.

    • These photos were taken last week.

  • KalashniKEV

    Even if the prices didn’t suck, I wouldn’t patronize a state-run commercial enterprise out of simple morality.

    • geezer

      yes..right ..it’s immoral to buy off the government. [email protected]#[email protected]?

      • KalashniKEV

        Government ownership of the means of distribution is just as sick and twisted as government ownership of the means of production.

        • drax


          • KalashniKEV

            Yes, against all morality and decency.

          • speonjosh

            Your constant hyperbole is against my morals….

  • Numbers Sense

    Right near where the prostitution arrests were last weekend. Hope to see a renovation of the entire block…. that hotel has got to go.

    • G Clifford Prout

      I believe in shopping locally, both for my booze as well as my dates.

      • OldTimer

        Yes, much fresher.

        • nom de guerre

          and sustainable, at least based upon the number of ABC stores that are local. Can’t comment on the dates as I have not gone on one for years.

      • KalashniKEV

        Haha… we’re the exact opposite!

    • Tabs


    • 1234

      Agreed, it’s always been unkept in the extreme, but it’s now become a whore house. And frankly it’s hard to believe that management isn’t comlicit with as many arrests as have been made there.

    • drax

      Yes, a liquor store is really going to help improve the neighborhood.

  • Chris

    There’s a 7-11 across the street. I can’t wait for my Maker’s Mark & Coke Slurpie.

    • Ren

      Wake me up when the shelves got that WMD!!

      • KalashniKEV

        Is that a code name for drugs?

        • nom de guerre

          I’ll bite. I’m guessing that WMD is code for weapon(s) of mass destruction.

          • KalashniKEV

            Yeah, I know that one. This is the Pike though… they have code names for stuff- When I lived there I asked where I could get a “Happy Meal” and was offered 4 rocks of crack… I won’t even tell you what a “Slurpee” is over there!

        • General Zod

          “WMD! Got that WMD! WMD!” – “The Wire” reference.

          • KalashniKEV

            Ahhh… just got it, thanks!

            PANDEMIC! 🙂

  • ;-)

    They better stock EXTRA Goose for Mike B.!!

  • JamesE

    Fellow alcoholics, is that new honey Jack Daniels any good? Because it is always sold out at the VA Square/Ballston ABC.

    • Frankie

      If you need honey in your bourbon, you shouldn’t be drinking.

      • JamesE

        Son, you aren’t suppose to drink that straight it is for mixing. I’ll stick to single malts for that.

        • nom de guerre

          Real bourbon drinkers don’t drink scotch.

          • Cyrus

            And likewise…real scotch drinkers don’t drink bourbon

          • KalashniKEV

            …and Jack Daniels is not a Bourbon anyway, so neither of you are “real.”

          • nom de guerre

            “Although the product meets the regulatory criteria for classification as a straight bourbon, the company disavows this classification and markets it simply as Tennessee whiskey rather than as Tennessee bourbon.” I see that you have bought into this rather unique marketing stragegy.

  • YTK

    Wow.. the…shelves…are…finally…up… They are almost as slow as the never-going-to-be-there Bronx Pizza store in Clarendon.


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