NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - New Hanover County’s ABC stores will be operating on a different schedule starting Wednesday.
The county’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board announced that its stores will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The board also is encouraging its senior patrons to make their purchases at the ABC store located at 6009 Market Street. This new location only offers walk-up services and will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
“We decided to utilize our liquor-by-the-drink location down on market street; that way the seniors can walk up," said Zeke Partin, the chairman of the NHC ABC Board. "They can not go in and shop, but they can go in and ask for whatever they want. It shouldn’t be very crowded at all. If we find out there are more than ten, we won’t allow but more than ten at the time so we hope people will use that location right now while we don’t have a lot of liquor by the drink going on.”
No more than ten people can shop inside a store at a time to allow customers to practice social distancing.
Partin says employees are also on top of keeping the stores extra clean.
“We are wiping down counters probably every 30 minutes or even more often," said Partin. "We’re also trying to wipe down the credit card area, the doors, and all of that. Our employees have been issued gloves and they may or may not wear them, that’s their choice, but we encourage them to wear gloves. We’re just trying to our stores very very clean, very safe, for not only our employees but for our customers.”
No word on how long these changes will last, but Partin says the board is making every decision with the community’s well being at the top of mind.
“We will not close the stores unless we’ve been required to do so by the government," said Partin. "We’re hoping to keep the stores open. Hopefully we won’t have to reduce our hours anymore. Our inventory is absolutely fine. We do not have any problems with our inventory. We’re still getting trucks from our distribution center in Raleigh so we have all that we need.”
For more information on locations and hours, visit the NHC ABC website.