Alcohol Beverage Sales Surge in Montgomery County, Maryland

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Alcohol Beverage Sales Surge in Montgomery County, Maryland


Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) retail store sales have seen a significant spike since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis. Sales in January and February were already up 1.5%. By the end of March, the County-run stores were deemed essential by the Governor and saw a surge in retail sales of 22.7% in March and April, as compared to the same time last year. Sales are now closer to normal levels.

“All of our profits are transferred to the County,” said Robert Dorfman, director of ABS.  “Additional sales and profits benefit taxpayers and can help support County initiatives resulting from these difficult times.”

County Council members, who manage the General Fund, and Montgomery County residents who benefit from it, can find consolation in knowing that in a time where every dollar matters, ABS is hard at work to contribute to the County to help with relief efforts.

ABS is the alcohol wholesaler of beer, wine, and spirits for Montgomery County. It operates 25 beer, wine, and spirits stores and manages alcohol licensing and enforcement. Generating more than $35 million last year, ABS profits are used to pay off County debt and a large portion is deposited in the County General Fund to pay for services that would otherwise be paid for with tax dollars.

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Roy - I think many communities across the country have seen such increases.  It likely has less to do with increased consumption but how/where the consuming is taking place with more drinking at home versus restaurants,  bars and clubs since those venues have "dried up". 

May 20, 2020 05:45 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Oddly enough, a friend and I were talking on the phone this afternoon.  We wondered if the pandemic stay-at-home orders had created a substantial number of alcoholics!

May 20, 2020 07:32 PM #2
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Roy.

I know the local adult beverage sales has soared recently, with no let up in sight

May 21, 2020 01:25 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Roy... this does not surprise me. As a non-drinker, it amazes me how many people turn to alcohol.

May 21, 2020 04:31 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. The liquor stores here in Chicago are having outstanding sales. Enjoy your day!

May 21, 2020 05:16 AM #5
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Seems to be the norm across the nation Roy Kelley . To me it's not surprising with the constant droning on by the media as to how we are all doomed and if you walk out of your home without gloves and a mask you will be toast.

May 21, 2020 05:55 AM #6
Ted Glover
Alderman Classic Realty, LLC - Moultrie, GA
ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422

Hi Roy, staying home cooking in the backyard does require more beverages. At least it does at my house. I've got to cool the coals and splash the food on the grill with something. And with a beer in hand it's easily done. Since I didn't get to drink the beer I have to buy a few extra. Just saying.

May 21, 2020 06:22 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Definitely the same in our corner of the US.  We talked to another wine store we frequent and they are reporting higher numbers in wine sales. A

May 21, 2020 07:13 AM #8
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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I heard this on the news the other day this is the same in our market area. Probably has a lot to do with the bars being closed. Thanks for sharing, I hope you are doing great. Stay safe.

May 21, 2020 09:56 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

May 21, 2020 12:46 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Roy- people staying at home more + stress= alcohol

May 21, 2020 03:02 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning to all. Have a very special Memorial Day.

May 25, 2020 05:43 AM #13
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