Huntington ABC store closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19

ABC store with sign up before the store opened
The Huntington Gateway ABC store, seen in 2018 before its opening, will be closed until April 20.

The ABC Store in the Huntington Gateway complex on Richmond Highway closed Tuesday after an employee tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority made the announcement on Wednesday, saying that the Huntington store and another ABC store on Lee Highway in Falls Church would be shut down for a thorough cleaning after employees at each location tested positive for coronavirus.

The Huntington ABC Store, located in the ground-level retail of the Huntington Gateway at 5940 Richmond Highway (see map), is expected to reopen on April 20, Virginia ABC said. That will allow for a deep cleaning and a 14-day quarantine period since the employee was last in the store on April 5, Virginia ABC said.

“During closure, both stores will undergo professional deep cleaning and sanitization,” Virginia ABC said in a tweet. “Both employees are in isolation as advised by health authorities. We will work with the remaining employees at both stores & follow guidance from the VDH on what precautions they should take.”

The employee at the Huntington store informed management Monday that he had tested positive.

Customers will not be able to pickup online orders at the store while it is closed, Virginia ABC said.