Alcohol Beverage Services Temporarily Reduces Retail Hours

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Alcohol Beverage Services Temporarily Reduces Retail Hours



Montgomery County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) has temporarily reduced hours at all 26 of its retail stores due to COVID-related staffing shortages. The temporary business hours will be noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Sunday hours will remain noon-5 p.m.

“Montgomery County appreciates its outstanding workforce more than ever,” said ABS Director Kathie Durbin. “ABS remains committed to excellent customer service, and we look forward to returning to regular hours once this current wave has passed.”

A complete list of all ABS stores, including locations, hours and phone numbers, can be found at

ABS is the alcohol wholesaler of beer, wine, and spirits for Montgomery County and operates 26 retail stores throughout the County. In addition, ABS manages alcohol licensing, enforcement, and education for more than 1,000 businesses. Generating more than $30 million in net income annually, its profits are used to pay down County debt with a large portion deposited in the general fund to pay for resident services that would otherwise be funded by County tax dollars.

This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.


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Comments (10)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

The lack of workers in our area has only shortened hours at a few restaurants at this time Roy Kelley but over-all we are short thousands of workers here in the Dakotas as ALL business is booming.

Jan 19, 2022 11:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good afternoon Roy,

No one here has reduced their hours, perhaps because our markets also sell alcohol.  A

Jan 19, 2022 11:57 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

People will want to make note of the new hours of operation so that they don't make a wasted trip.

Jan 20, 2022 04:28 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

First we deal with a deadly virus.  And, then there is inflation.  And, now, they want to reduce alcohol beverage services. . .What are they thinking?🙃

Jan 20, 2022 02:22 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Jan 24, 2022 07:38 AM