Montgomery Alcohol Beverage Services to Temporarily Reduce Hours in All Retail Stores Starting Wednesday, Jan. 12, Due to Staffing Shortages

by Patrick Herron

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Montgomery County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) will temporarily reduce hours at all 26 of its retail stores beginning Wednesday, Jan. 12, 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.”

The Poolesville store, which closed on Monday and Tuesday due to staffing shortages, will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

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.

Learn more about ABS by visiting the website and by following ABS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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