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For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has announced that the retail stores of the County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) will return to normal hours of operation starting Sunday, June 13. The new schedule includes expanded hours and the reopening of stores on Sundays.

Starting on June 13, stores will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and open noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. Given its spirits-only format, the Poolesville store will be open noon-7 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and will be closed on Sunday. The earlier closing time for the Poolesville store is consistent with the business model that will be followed for smaller format, lower volume stores.

“Throughout this pandemic, the ABS staff has done an incredible job of ensuring that the stores were safe for themselves and customers,” said County Executive Elrich. “With more than 60 percent of our residents vaccinated, ABS stores are ready to resume normal hours. I would like to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation during this very challenging time. Resuming normal hours is another indication of the progress we have made.”

Stores will follow newly adjusted procedures that include no capacity limits, voluntary mask wearing and no social distance requirements.

For additional information, visit ABS’ website:

ABS is the alcohol wholesaler of beer, wine, and spirits for Montgomery County and operates 26 retail stores throughout the County. In addition, ABS manages alcohol licensing, enforcement, and education for more than 1,000 businesses. Generating more than $35 million in net income annually, its profits are used to pay down County debt with a large portion deposited in the general fund to pay for resident services that would otherwise be funded by County tax dollars.

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Release ID: 21-449
Media Contact: Melissa Davis 240-777-1915
Categories: ABS