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Durham ABC store to close

Posted February 2, 2010

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— One of two remaining liquor stores with counter service in Durham County will close its doors later this month.

The ABC store at 905 Fayetteville St. has been in operation for about 55 years, a board spokeswoman said.

Counter service -- where customers request a product and a staffer retrieves it -- is being phased out in favor of self-service stores. The facility is very old and out-dated, the spokeswoman said.

The store will close on Feb. 27.


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  • DeaconBlues Feb 3, 2010

    There's not many counter ABC's stores left in the state. Angier had one up until about 2 years ago. When they built the new store, I read in the Angier Independent [newspaper] that only 6 counter ABC stores remained in the entire state.

  • CalvinCat Feb 3, 2010

    I believe the other counter store in Durham in on Holloway, not far from the intersection at Miami blvd.

  • rschristie71 Feb 3, 2010

    Ncwebguy you are clueless! Dont you understand it cost North Carolina $113 million to operate ABC stores last year? Sales were quoted as $700 million generating $259 million in tax revenue. If the state pulled its head out of you know where and allowed the private sale of the spirits then they could cut out the overhead of operating their own stores and let private businesses collect the taxes and turn them over to the state.

  • ncwebguy Feb 3, 2010

    The state doesn't sell *all* alcohol -- beer and wine are available from private stores. The higher concentration of alcohol in liquor is enough to justify more scrutiny, but not as much as illegal drugs. If they were legal or sold in a similar matter, the "war on drugs" could be a lot less costly and deadly.

    Where is the remaining counter store in Durham? I hope the ABC board understands why some stores stayed as counter stores -- theft. There is a counter store in Raleigh on New Bern a mile or so east of the capitol. From the number of empty boxes, it does enough business to keep it there, but not enough to let customers rummage through the merchandise.

    Privatization and taxation would not be enough to cover the lost revenue if the state went that route. If liquor sales were privatized, there would be less revenue and less accountability.

  • superman Feb 3, 2010

    Old and outdated-- guess they need to make it like a Harris Teeter and update their prices.

  • ty will belabor a point Feb 3, 2010

    Get the state out of the business of peddling booze.

  • redcharopink Feb 3, 2010

    make them all private

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Feb 3, 2010

    What is "old and outdated" is the state running the liquor business. Privatize it!

  • mailmosley Feb 3, 2010

    How curious that the government is involved with the distribution of addictive and deadly drugs? Maybe that is why other drugs are illegal, it might cut in on their profit?

  • justiceforall Feb 3, 2010

    What will the drunks and whinos do now?