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Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services Opens the First “Spirits Only” Store in Poolesville

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Montgomery County’s Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) has opened its first “spirits only” store. It is located in Poolesville in the Village Shopping Center at 19710-D Fisher Ave.

The store is open from noon-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.

“The spirits only store provides spirits access to residents who previously had to drive a long way to purchase spirits,” said ABS Director Bob Dorfman. “This store will keep shoppers in the area without competing with the mom and pop beer and wine stores that are currently there.”

The Poolesville store is a new concept that will be closely monitored for future spirits only store placement. All other County ABS stores sell spirits, as well as beer and wine.

“We appreciate the County's investment in our town,” said Kerri Cook, president of the Town of Poolesville Commissioners. “A spirits only store keeps shoppers in Poolesville and our residents and small businesses really appreciate that.”

ABS is the alcohol wholesaler of beer, wine and spirits for Montgomery County. Along with the store in Poolesville, ABS operates 25 beer, wine and spirits stores. It manages alcohol licensing, enforcement and education for more than 1,000 businesses. Generating more than $35 million in net income annually, ABS profits are used to pay down County debt with a large portion deposited in the County general fund to pay for resident services that would otherwise be funded by County tax dollars.

For a listing of all ABS stores and hours click here. For general information about ABS, visit the website and follow ABS on Facebook and Twitter.

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Release ID: 20-287
Media Contact: Emily Detitta 240-372-2282