ABC temporarily closing 78 stores

ABC temporarily closing 78 stores
ABC Board

BY MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is temporarily closing today 78 stores and reducing hours at others in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“Because of staffing requirements and health concerns, we believe that closing some of our stores will provide the greatest amount of employee/customer protection, while ensuring maximum productivity and efficiency,” ABC’s government relations manager Dean Argo said in an email.

In 2018, ABC had 864 employees, according to Alabama State Personnel Department data. There are about 170 stores statewide

Argo said that staff at the shuttered stores would be moved to others nearby.

Stores remaining nearby open will operate from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Argo said.

Starting Wednesday, all stores will operate as “over the counter,” Argo said, to keep distance between customers and employees and no more than five customers at a time will be allowed in a store.

Customers will not be allowed to get products from store shelves. Store personnel will ask customers for their order, retrieve it and bring it to check out.

Customers are being asked to pay with credit and debit cards, not cash.

As of Monday evening, the Alabama Department of Public Health reported 29 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in the state. Seventeen of them are in Jefferson County, the state’s most populated county.

With some many people “social distancing” as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested, people are stocking up on everything, including alcohol.

“Over the last week or so sales have been on the uptick,” Argo told Alabama Daily News on Monday. “I’m not saying that that is directly related to COVID-19 but I will say that sales are increasing.”

On Sunday, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a memo to all state agency directors saying they should advise employees to work from home if possible starting Monday. If working from home is not feasible, the employee should remain away from the workplace and practice social distancing, as appropriate, for the next several weeks, Ivey’s memo said.

Events and gatherings of more than 50 people are discouraged and schools and colleges across the state have closed or moved classes online.

STORE CLOSURES BY DISTRICT:

DISTRICT 1:

STORE 29, HELENA

STORE 92, HOOVER

STORE 111, HOMEWOOD

STORE 121, COLUMBIANA

STORE 146, PELHAM

STORE 233, ALABASTER

DISTRICT 2:

STORE 30, TARRANT CITY

STORE 70, ROEBUCK

STORE 107, SPRINGVILLE

STORE 143, CHALKVILLE

STORE 230, PINSON

DISTRICT 3:

STORE 13, RAINBOW CITY

STORE 22, JACKSONVILLE

STORE 94, ANNISTON

STORE 103, ASHVILLE

STORE 122, ATTALA

STORE 231, HEFLIN

DISTRICT 4:

STORE 8, MOBILE

STORE 62, MOBILE

STORE 139, TILLMAN'S CORNER

STORE 164, MOBILE

STORE 182, MOBILE

STORE 234, MOBILE

DISTRICT 5:

STORE 33, OPELIKA

STORE 52, UNION SPRINGS

STORE 131, LAFAYETTE

STORE 226, OPELIKA

DISTRICT 6:

STORE 3, MONTGOMERY

STORE 5, MONTGOMERY

STORE 112, HAYNEVILLE

STORE 135, MONTGOMERY

DISTRICT 7:

STORE 6, GENEVA

STORE 36, HEADLAND

STORE 71, CLAYTON

STORE 89, DOTHAN

STORE 120, DALEVILLE

STORE 126, DOTHAN

DISTRICT 8:

STORE 82, NORTHPORT

STORE 100, MONTEVALLO

STORE 115, GREENSBORO

STORE 134, BRENT

STORE 138, TUSCALOOSA

STORE 183, TUSCALOOSA

STORE 227, ALICEVILLE

DISTRICT 9:

STORE 60, LIVINGSTON

STORE 61, SARALAND

STORE 93, EIGHT MILE

STORE 117, LINDEN

STORE 141, SEMMES

STORE 165, MOUNT VERNON

DISTRICT 10:

STORE 2, MONTGOMERY

STORE 12, MONTGOMERY

STORE 63, PIKE ROAD

STORE 79, MILLBROOK

STORE 118, PRATTVILLE

STORE 229, MONTGOMERY

DISTRICT 11:

STORE 7, SPANISH FORT

STORE 21, DAPHNE

STORE 179, ROBERTSDALE

DISTRICT 12:

STORE 19, DECATUR

STORE 48, MADISON

STORE 74, SHEFFIELD

STORE 149, FLORENCE

STORE 151, HUNTSVILLE

STORE 243, HARTSELLE

DISTRICT 13:

STORE 23, HUNTSVILLE

STORE 24, HUNTSVILLE

STORE 90, HUNTSVILLE

STORE 97, BROWNSBORO

STORE 129, ALBERTVILLE

DISTRICT 14:

STORE 17, FAIRFIELD

STORE 18, BIRMINGHAM

STORE 26, BESSEMER

STORE 144, ADAMSVILLE

DISTRICT 15:

STORE 9, LINCOLN

STORE 27, CHILDERSBURG

STORE 57, LINEVILLE

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