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November 29, 2018

State considering liquor store on Main Street

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
The state liquor store would operate in leased space at 104 Main St.
Based on an initial review, there would be no town approvals (required) for ABC to go there.
— Warrenton Planning Director Brandie Schaeffer
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Fauquier could get its fourth Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control store.

The state agency, which operates liquor stores in Warrenton, Marshall and Bealeton, wants to open a retail outlet in Old Town Warrenton at 104 Main St.

Latitudes, a “fair-trade” store, occupied the approximately 1,500-square-foot space until September, when it moved a couple hundred feet west on the same side of the street.

“Based on an initial review, there would be no town approvals (required) for ABC to go there,” town Planning Director Brandie Schaeffer said Thursday morning.

Warrenton’s first ABC store operated at 43 Culpeper St., until it moved several decades ago to the Warrenton Village Shopping Center on West Lee Highway.

“Virginia ABC is in the preliminary stages of consideration of a new store in downtown Warrenton on Main Street,” ABC Senior Public Relations Specialist Valerie Hubbard said Thursday. “As is customary when a new store location is under consideration, Virginia ABC posts a sign for two weeks indicating a possible new store to gather local input before moving forward to secure a lease.”

ABC “tailors” stores based on market demand, Ms. Hubbard said.

“There are different types, depending on the location and depending on what the customer wants,” including stores that carry “somewhat top-shelf products,” she explained.

During fiscal 2017, Fauquier’s three ABC stores generated $8.1 million in sales, according to the state agency.

ABC considers several factors in locating a new store, including:

• A community’s demographics.

• Traffic patterns.

• Rental rates.

• Population density.

• Distances between existing stores and their sales.

• Customer and product delivery access.

A flyer posted on the door of the proposed storefront reads: “Virginia ABC generates a reliable stream of revenue for Virginia through its network of conveniently located stores.”

With 374 retail outlets statewide, 92 percent of Virginians live only 10 minutes from an ABC store, according to the agency.

To comment on the proposed Main Street store, the flyer encourages citizens to email remarks to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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Silii · December 4, 2018 at 8:23 pm
Mayday - Warrenton/Fauquier County already has a very exclusive "gentleman's" club. Membership is comprised of wealthy, white, good ol boys who don't hesitate to freely use the N word or any other offensive language, as long as it suits their extreme biases and bigotry befitting their wealth and "importance".
Melrose Carter · November 30, 2018 at 8:22 pm
A little bourbon to go with that coffee from Great Harvest, excellent! Forget the Gentlemen's Club let's put in a Ladies Club, have competition complaining as a warm up then on to the Mud Pit. Ye-haw!
Mayday · November 30, 2018 at 5:20 pm
Great, nothing says a place is a dump more than having a liquor store on mainstreet. What next, a "gentleman's" club? Oh, but, it's better than an empty store.
Melrose Carter · November 30, 2018 at 11:24 am
Better then an empty store.
Truepat · November 30, 2018 at 6:21 am
parking is the issue, I take my business elsewhere if possible to avoid the current traffic, will there be double parking while people run into the ABC store?
Rover 530 · November 29, 2018 at 9:25 pm
Convenient for Old Town residents who can walk to the prospective store but what about perking for the rest? There is a public lot around the corner on 5th Street but will it be adequate? Warrenton needs to address the Old Town parking situation before the empty storefronts can be filled.
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