Stella’s Grocery coming downtown

Downtown market Kohlmann’s will soon rebrand to Stella’s Grocery. (Charlotte Woods)

Kohlmann’s, a neighborhood market at 109 E. Grace St., is getting a makeover within two weeks as it rebrands to Stella’s Grocery.

The move will mark Johnny and Katrina Giavos’ third Stella’s location in Richmond, joining stores on Lafayette Street and in Scott’s Addition.

Kohlmann’s opened three years ago next door to Perly’s restaurant. Johnny Giavos and developer Scott Coleman backed both ventures.

“It (Kohlmann’s) never had a true identity and we’re seeing a real demand for what we are doing at Stella’s,” Katrina Giavos said.

Since its opening in 2015, Kohlmann’s has sold products from both Stella’s and Perly’s. Under the new moniker, it will begin to sell Stella’s goods that will be prepared on site. The new Stella’s will offer groceries and prepared meals like its other locations.

Katrina said patrons can expect new signage, perhaps a few additional refrigerators, and some things moved around. Giavos will handle these transformations herself. Kohlmann’s current staff will stay on with Stella’s.

There still will be some tables and chairs for customers.

“We are transforming the space to look and feel like Stella’s Grocery,” Katrina Giavos said. “It just needs a little bit of freshening up and paint, not a major renovation.”

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Jacob Baker
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This is great news for downtown! If only they’d consider repainting the exterior, because the color scheme has always seemed a bit too much like the circus/state fair for Grace St.

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