Friday, June 21, 2024

Wrightsville Beach ABC Store closed for several weeks after developers and ABC Board fail to compromise

After failing to reach a lease agreement with State Street Companies to extend its lease until the new store is completed in early 2020, the ABC store off Wrightsville Avenue is now closed while the New Hanover County ABC retrofits a temporary location.

The city is spending over four times the value of its current ABC store on Wrightsville Avenue to build a new store, a quarter-mile away. (Port City Daily photo | Benjamin Schachtman)
The city is spending over four times the value of its current ABC store on Wrightsville Avenue to build a new store, a quarter-mile away. (Port City Daily photo | Benjamin Schachtman)

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — State Street Properties, the developer behind the Galleria project off Wrightsville Avenue and the ABC Board have been unable to reach an agreement for rental terms forcing the temporary closure of the Wrightsville Avenue ABC Store.

As of Saturday, the store located at 6730 Wrightsville Avenue is closed for several weeks. This closure will allow the store to move its contents temporarily to a new location at 7041 Wrightsville Avenue (the location of the now-closed Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta). The ABC store will operate at this location until the new store, located across the street from the now-defunct store, opens in early 2020.

“The current ABC building’s lease with SSG-2, LLC (also known as State Street Companies) ends October 31, 2019, and updated lease terms could not be reached. SSG-2 offered a lease extension for a longer-term than the ABC Board needed and a rental rate that the board deemed significantly higher than the rental market,” according to a press release from the ABC Board.

There is no known timeline of reopening the temporary store yet, but the ABC will need time to retrofit the location and stock the new facility which will take a couple of weeks.

Related: After developer request, ABC spending $3 million to move Wrightsville Ave store a quarter-mile

“The New Hanover County ABC Board regrets any inconvenience to our customers caused by the move of the Wrightsville Beach ABC Store to a temporary location,” Zeke Partin, Chair of New Hanover County ABC Board said. “The ABC Board will make every effort to provide the selection and Christmas items our customers have experienced previously. The good news is that a new state of the art Wrightsville Beach ABC store will be opening just across the street from the temporary location in a few months. “

The ABC Board has six other locations in New Hanover County, which can be viewed here.


 

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