Across the Charlotte area recently, you may have noticed empty liquor shelves where your favorite tequila, rum or vodka normally sit. What’s happening: ABC stores are experiencing shortages of popular liquors at the same time demand is picking up at restaurants and bars. At various ABC stores in Charlotte Monday, clerks cited everything from a national truck driver shortage to the shutdown of foreign liquor suppliers to the fact that Americans are drinking more. Liquor shortages locally stem from the pandemic’s impact on national and global supply chains — specifically on raw materials, production and distribution, Mecklenburg County ABC Board officials say. AdvertisementMinton now supplements his regular orders through the local ABC by driving around to multiple liquor stores across the city.