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UPDATED (2:57 PM): APD posted photos from the scene as well.


UPDATE (2:50 PM): A reader posted the below photo of the scene on our Facebook page.

At approximately 1:38 PM this afternoon, a Toyota Highlander crashed into the new Virginia ABC store at 4349 Duke Street in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia.

There was no structural damage reported. This is the third incident of a car crashing into a retail establishment in Alexandria in three weeks. Three weeks ago, an SUV crashed into the Hallmark store in Bradlee, then a car crashed into the Capital One Bank in Bradlee last week.

The driver in this case was taken to Alexandria Hospital and we’re told there was a second patient as well.

SUV crashes into Virginia ABC store in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia at 4349 Duke Street

(Image via Liz Brazil)

Virginia ABC store on North St. Asaph Street Alexandria Virginia

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.

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It has come to our attention the Virginia ABC is planning to temporarily open a liquor store in the Old Town North neighborhood next door to a children’s preschool. Sources tell us on this story that Virginia ABC has an internal policy to not open stores within a 1/10 mile of schools and churches. We have reached out to Virginia ABC for comment and will update if and when comment is received.

So, why is Virginia ABC willing to completely disregard their own policy? What do you think about this? Should a liquor store go next door to a children’s school?

A reader and parent of a child in the preschool located next door to the proposed liquor store writes in with more…

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Buying a Bottle of Sailor Jerry Rum will Help Support Wounded Veterans

When customers purchased nearly 115,000 bottles of Sailor Jerry from Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores in fiscal year 2015, the 92-proof rum was popular not only for its smooth taste and natural vanilla and cinnamon spices, but also because purchases helped benefit wounded veterans.

For the fifth consecutive year, Virginia ABC is partnering with William Grant & Sons, owners and producers of Sailor Jerry spiced rum, to give shoppers the chance to support the Aleethia Foundation. The nonprofit foundation assists injured troops recuperating at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., with short-term therapeutic recreation.

“The Aleethia Foundation plays an integral role in the healing of injured servicemen and women,” said Virginia ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter. “I am pleased that every year the partnership generates an even larger financial contribution than the previous year for this honorable cause. I know our customers will step up again in 2016 to make a big impact.”

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It will be business as usual for Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores on Presidents’ Day. Virginia ABC retail outlets will be open regular hours on Monday, Feb. 15.

With a total of eight hailing from the commonwealth, more U.S. presidents were born in Virginia than any other state in the union. To celebrate our native leaders, customers are encouraged to try one of the more than 100 Virginia-made distilled spirits and wines Virginia ABC carries.

A searchable list of Virginia ABC’s 357 stores—including brands and quantities of spirits available at each location—can be found on the agency’s updated website.

Virginia ABC encourages customers to celebrate Presidents’ Day responsibly, and never drink and drive.

530 First Street, a new mixed-use development in Old Town North Alexandria, Virginia from EDENS (Rendering via Old Town Community North partnership)

The City of Alexandria Planning Commission will hold its next regular monthly public hearing on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM in City Hall Council Chambers, located at 301 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Docket items can be found at this link.

One of the items up for consideration is construction of a residential mixed-use project from EDENS (see this original post). EDENS, developer of major mixed-use projects in the District and Merrifield, has applied to develop the current Giant Food & Virginia ABC site in Alexandria’s Old Town North into 232 apartments (residential units) with 51,000 sq feet of retail on the ground floor.

The LEED-certified, mixed-use project is located between First Street and Montgomery Street. Depending upon what happens at the Planning Commission, we hear construction is expected to start in late 2016 and we hear the completion date will be sometime in 2018.

We also hear that the Virginia ABC store, currently on site, wants to come back to the development upon completion however, no retail tenants have been identified by EDENS according to sources.

You can view the docket items for this project at this link (staff report & site plan).

(EDENS Rendering via Old Town North Community Partnership)

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On New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2016, all Virginia ABC stores will be closed.

A searchable list of Virginia ABC’s 355 stores—including brands and quantities of spirits available at each location—can be found on the agency’s updated website at this link.

Virginia ABC encourages customers to celebrate all the year-end holidays responsibly and never drink and drive.

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