Another bargain retailer wants to sell booze in Richmond.
Big Lots stores at 1217 Boulevard in Colonial Heights and 8151 Brook Road in Henrico County have applied for ABC Licenses to sell beer and wine, according to records from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Big Lots is the second bargain chain this summer to seek permission from the state to sell alcohol.
In May, 24 Dollar General stores in the Richmond area applied for licenses to sell beer and wine. Twenty of those stores now have active licenses and four – two in Richmond and two in Chesterfield – have licenses pending, according to the Virginia ABC.
Like Dollar General, Big Lots sells alcohol in other states, including Ohio and California.
But Big Lots’ attempts to sell alcohol don’t always go down smooth: Its request was shot down in at least one city in California.
Twenty-four Big Lots locations statewide have applied to sell alcohol, ABC spokesperson Kathleen Shaw confirmed. The chain’s four other stores in the Richmond market have not applied for licenses, Shaw said.
The Ohio-based corporation has 39 stores in Virginia and almost 1,500 nationwide, according to its website.
Requests for comment from Big Lots were not returned by press time.
Correction: a previous version of this story stated Big Lots applied for a license to sell beer and liquor. Its pending license would allow it to sell beer and wine.
Update: an earlier version of this article stated Big Lots was applying for a license to sell beer and liquor. An early commenter pointed out the possible error and his comment was subsequently deleted and any record of Bizsense’s mistake was erased.
I wonder how many people read the incorrect version of this article?