Maryland Blogger: Alcohol Beverage Sales Surge in Montgomery County, Maryland

Alcohol Beverage Sales Surge in Montgomery County, Maryland

Alcohol Beverage Sales Surge in Montgomery County, Maryland


Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS) retail store sales have seen a significant spike since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis. Sales in January and February were already up 1.5%. By the end of March, the County-run stores were deemed essential by the Governor and saw a surge in retail sales of 22.7% in March and April, as compared to the same time last year. Sales are now closer to normal levels.

“All of our profits are transferred to the County,” said Robert Dorfman, director of ABS.  “Additional sales and profits benefit taxpayers and can help support County initiatives resulting from these difficult times.”

County Council members, who manage the General Fund, and Montgomery County residents who benefit from it, can find consolation in knowing that in a time where every dollar matters, ABS is hard at work to contribute to the County to help with relief efforts.

ABS is the alcohol wholesaler of beer, wine, and spirits for Montgomery County. It operates 25 beer, wine, and spirits stores and manages alcohol licensing and enforcement. Generating more than $35 million last year, ABS profits are used to pay off County debt and a large portion is deposited in the County General Fund to pay for services that would otherwise be paid for with tax dollars.

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Comment balloon 14 commentsRoy Kelley • May 19 2020 02:56PM


Hello Roy - I think many communities across the country have seen such increases.  It likely has less to do with increased consumption but how/where the consuming is taking place with more drinking at home versus restaurants,  bars and clubs since those venues have "dried up". 

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

Oddly enough, a friend and I were talking on the phone this afternoon.  We wondered if the pandemic stay-at-home orders had created a substantial number of alcoholics!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Morning Roy.

I know the local adult beverage sales has soared recently, with no let up in sight

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 4 months ago

Good morning, Roy... this does not surprise me. As a non-drinker, it amazes me how many people turn to alcohol.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 4 months ago

Good morning Roy. The liquor stores here in Chicago are having outstanding sales. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 4 months ago

Seems to be the norm across the nation Roy Kelley . To me it's not surprising with the constant droning on by the media as to how we are all doomed and if you walk out of your home without gloves and a mask you will be toast.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) 4 months ago

Hi Roy, staying home cooking in the backyard does require more beverages. At least it does at my house. I've got to cool the coals and splash the food on the grill with something. And with a beer in hand it's easily done. Since I didn't get to drink the beer I have to buy a few extra. Just saying.

Posted by Ted Glover, ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422 (Alderman Classic Realty, LLC) 4 months ago


Definitely the same in our corner of the US.  We talked to another wine store we frequent and they are reporting higher numbers in wine sales. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

I heard this on the news the other day this is the same in our market area. Probably has a lot to do with the bars being closed. Thanks for sharing, I hope you are doing great. Stay safe.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 4 months ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Hi Roy- people staying at home more + stress= alcohol

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

Good Monday morning to all. Have a very special Memorial Day.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

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