Persons under the age of 21 in our stores
It is the policy of the Mecklenburg County ABC Board to prohibit anyone 18, 19, or 20 years of age from entering our stores. Children under the age of 18 may enter our stores, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Acceptable Forms of ID
It is the responsibility of the customer to prove they are 21 years of age. The forms of ID acceptable in Mecklenburg County ABC Stores include:
- A valid U.S. driver's license (If using either a temporary or state-issued paper license it must have the customer's picture on it. Any state-issued paper license without a picture printed on it must be accompanied with the expired license).
- A valid North Carolina ID card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles
- A valid passport (or passport card issued in the United States)
- A valid U.S. Military ID
Group ID Policy
It is the policy of the Mecklenburg County ABC Board to immediately check the ID of any young person, as soon as they enter our store. An entire group of people can be refused if any member of the group is underage or unable to produce an acceptable form of ID.
A customer may return up to four unopened bottles of liquor to our stores for a refund on the payment media they used at the time of the sale, as long as they have the original sales receipt. If a customer wants to return an unopened bottle of liquor and does NOT have their sales receipt, refund will be issued on a gift card.
In accordance with North Carolina ABC laws, a customer may purchase up to eight (8) liters of alcohol (distilled spirits) from our stores without a transportation permit. With a transportation permit, the customer may purchase up to forty (40) liters of alcohol and subsequently transport their purchase within the State of North Carolina. A transportation permit is issued free of charge at the store, and is valid until 9:30 p.m. on the date it is issued.
If you need a transportation permit to transport more than eight liters of alcohol after 9:30p.m. of the day of the original purchase, you can obtain an additional permit by returning to one of our stores and advising us how much you need to relocate. Our sales associates are unable to provide "blank" permits to patrons.
Transportation permits are also available (and necessary) when purchasing large quantities of wine. The quantity limits for fortified wine are the same as the aforementioned limits described for alcohol (distilled spirits). However, a customer may purchase up to twenty (20) liters of unfortified wines without a transportation permit and a maximum of 100 liters with a transportation permit. Customers planning to purchase large quantities of wine may obtain a permit from an ABC store at no charge.
Note: A permit is not required for the purchase of beer. However, a person cannot legally purchase more than 80 liters of beer per transaction, except in kegs.
For additional statutory information on ABC Board policies, please see the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the top sellers?
According to FY 2019 sales data, the top 10 sellers are as follows:
1. Tito's Handmade Vodka 750ml
2. Hennessy VS 750ml
3. Tito's Handmade Vodka 1.75L
4. Patron Silver 750ml
5. Jack Daniels Black Label 750ml
6. Crown Royal 750ml
7. Jameson 750ml
8. Grey Goose 750ml
9. Hennessy VS .375L
10. Maker's Mark 750 ml
How many different spirit items do I have to choose from?
We carry approximately 1500 products, including special gift packages and mixers. In that number, there may be several sizes of that particular product. For example, we carry Crown Royal in 1.75L, .750L, .375L, 200ml, and 50ml sizes. To see what we have: Search for a product.
What does the Mecklenburg County ABC Board do with excess cardboard boxes?
Empty boxes are available free of charge for our customers. Surplus and odd-size boxes are collapsed and sold to a recycling facility.
We offer specially discounted items each month. We periodically discontinue brands, and offer these items at discounted prices. Check your nearest Mecklenburg County ABC Store for current specials.
If you would like to purchase a brand not offered in North Carolina, it can be special ordered. Just ask a store manager for assistance. We will take the proper product information, contact the North Carolina ABC Commission for pricing information, and relay all correspondence back to you. Timeline of arrival will vary depending on the item (some items may take up to 8-12 weeks for delivery).
Please be advised that "allocated" products (Blanton's, Buffalo Trace, Angel's Envy, Eagle Rare, etc.) cannot be special ordered. Allocated products are offered in North Carolina and they will appear on the North Carolina Quarterly Price List ( https://abc.nc.gov/Pricing/PriceList), but due to high demand are on an allocation system where ABC Boards receive a small amount twice per quarter.
Acceptable forms of payment
For retail purchases, we gladly accept cash, personal checks, debit cards and credit cards – MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.
For Mixed Beverage purchases, we gladly accept cash, certified checks, business checks backed by a financial institution letter of credit, credit cards and debit cards. We also accept Fintech.