In 1937 the State of North Carolina created a uniform system of controlling and regulating the sale of distilled spirits. A State Board of Control, the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission, was established to oversee the issuance of alcohol permits, tax guidelines, product selection and uniform prices throughout the state.
It was further imposed that no ABC Store shall be owned or operated by the state, and that no state funds are to be used to support the local ABC boards. Each city or county would be allowed to vote on establishing their own store.
On August 02nd, 1994, a referendum was passed by the citizens of the Town of Franklin to allow the off-premises sale of beer and wine, as well as the opening of an ABC Store.
November 25th, 1994 Franklin ABC opened itís doors for the first day of retail sales.
On July 25th, 2006, a referendum was passed by the citizens of the Town of Franklin to allow the on-premises sale of malt beverages by Class A hotels, motels, and restaurants only, as well as the sale of mixed beverages in hotels, restaurants, private clubs, community theaters and convention centers.
ABC Store Election - Authorized by GS 18B-600 (d)
Referendum held: August 02, 1994
Votes for: 631
Votes against: 573
Mixed Beverage Election - Authorized by GS 18B-600 (e)
Referendum held: July 25, 2006
Votes for: 443
Votes against: 342