The ABC store in Shockoe Bottom is moving a few blocks east to fill out the commercial section at one of the neighborhood’s newest mixed-use developments.
The ABC signed a lease in April for a spot in Main2525, a project from developers Charles Macfarlane and C. Samuel McDonald at 2525 E. Main St. The upcoming store will be relocated from its current space at 2026 E. Main St.
“We are relocating (the Shockoe Bottom store) due to lack of space in the current location where, unfortunately, the landlord could not accommodate an expansion of this store,” an ABC spokeswoman said in an email Tuesday.
The spokeswoman said there isn’t a timeline yet on when the store will open in its 4,600-square-foot spot at Main2525.
The ABC store is taking up the development’s entire commercial component, which the developers had initially envisioned as being divided between several tenants. The project also houses 216 apartments, which have been filling up despite delays caused by the pandemic.
“We missed the normal peak window season of apartment leasing but we’ve leased well,” Macfarlane said. “We’re seeing lots of activity and lots of showings.”
Construction on the development wrapped up in late summer 2020, which was later than expected due to the pandemic. Initially, the project was slated for a spring 2020 completion.
Macfarlane said costs for the project also increased due to delays and material issues caused by the pandemic, but he declined to share specifics. The project had been budgeted at $40 million previously. The final commercial square footage was also pared back to make room for certain ADA and city requirements not initially planned for.
The Shockoe Bottom store is the second ABC location that’s on the move. The agency is also relocating its current outpost at 2901 Hermitage Road to a new spot at 4118 W. Broad St. The plan is for the store, which primarily handles licensee sales for Richmond-area restaurants, to open in its new location later this summer, the ABC spokeswoman said.
Also in Shockoe Bottom, to-go concept Leek & Thistle recently opened in the former Nota Bene space.