Virginia ABC Responds to Controversy over Location of Temporary Store
UPDATE (9:32 PM): Sources and parents tell me the school is NOT moving and that Virginia ABC’s information is incorrect.
This is an update to this post. Earlier this week, a reader drew our attention that the Virginia ABC is planning to temporarily open a liquor store in the Old Town North neighborhood next door to a children’s preschool.
A reader and parent of a child in the preschool located next door to the proposed liquor store wrote in with concerns over a liquor store so close to the preschool. Prior to posting, we reached out to Virginia ABC and they have now provided us with this statement.
The existing Virginia ABC store at 901 N. Saint Asaph Street in Alexandria is scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt as part of a retail and residential redevelopment project. Searching for a location from which to provide service to Old Town area customers during the redevelopment closure, ABC identified and leased space in Washington Square.
When Virginia ABC representatives toured the proposed space in Washington Square, the landlord indicated that the adjacent tenant would be departing its location later in the year upon expiration of its lease. At that time, it was neither known nor observed that the adjacent tenant was a daycare. Virginia ABC, in fact, was offered that additional space but the agency turned it down because of its plans to reopen at the original location.
The Washington Square Virginia ABC store is not yet open and the agency does not have a projected opening date at this time.
Virginia ABC is aware of the concerns expressed by some of the daycare parents about the proximity of the store, and is collectively working with the landlord and the daycare for a resolution.