ABC Board continues to explore warehouse, administrative office options

The Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board recently announced the agency will continue to gather information prior to presenting any formal recommendations to its administrator and three-member board related to a solution to a lack of space in its current warehouse and administrative offices.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was published last fall for any interested businesses to reply to the agency’s call for help.

The agency received three proposals. DHL Supply Chain, Scannell Properties and Aronov and BL Harbert International submitted replies.

“After thoroughly examining those proposals, ABC staff recommended to ABC Board Administrator Curtis Stewart that no action be taken at this time and the agency continues its efforts to gather and evaluate information and new opportunities,” ABC Board Manager of Government Relations Dean Argo said.

The lease on the current facility, which the ABC Board has occupied for more than 40 years, is set to expire in 2025. Argo indicated the agency will also look at what other control states are doing to meet customer demands.

“There is no time table in place, but we are working diligently to find a solution that meets our needs and will accommodate growth,” he said. “We have simply outgrown our current configuration and space.”

The amount of liquor sold in Alabama has doubled in the last decade and is expected to continue to increase about four percent per year.

The agency’s existing facility located at 2715 Gunter Park Drive West in Montgomery has been in operation since 1982. The warehouse receives and ships approximately 18,000 cases of liquor products to state operated retail and wholesale outlets daily, maintains warehouse inventory of approximately 400,000 cases year-round and ships nearly 3.9 million cases annually.