Stella’s Grocery, the local chain of neighborhood markets run by restaurateurs Katrina and Johnny Giavos, has scooped up a space on Grove Avenue, extending the brand’s reach into the West End.
The company recently inked a lease for a new location at 5802 Grove Ave., which had been home to Starbucks before it vacated in April.
It’ll be the fourth location for Stella’s grocery, joining its flagship store at 1007 Lafayette St. in Malvern Gardens, one downtown at 109 E. Grace St. and one in the HandCraft Building in Scott’s Addition.
Katrina Giavos said she has admired the Grove space, which is owned by Charlie Diradour, and felt the area had the foot traffic and support for other Giavos ventures to allow the concept to flourish.
“We also have the Continental (at 5704 Grove Ave.) and I always just liked the little spot and thought it would make a great market,” she said. “We have huge neighborhood support and there are a lot of people walking around Libbie and Grove.”
Giavos hopes to open the doors to the new market in the spring. It’ll have roughly 2,000 square feet and patio seating. She said the plan is to make it a similar experience to the Lafayette Street location.
Stella’s stores offer made-to-order sandwiches and salads, prepared entrees, beer and wine, candies and specialty groceries among other items. It will have some nearby competition when it opens on Grove, which is around the corner from gourmet grocery Libbie Market.
In addition to Stella’s Grocery and the Continental Westhampton, Giavos and her husband also own the restaurant Stella’s at 1012 Lafayette St., along with Kuba Kuba and The Sidewalk Café, among many others.
Elsewhere in the Grove-Libbie corridor, Charlottesville-based coffee company Grit opened its first Richmond location earlier this month in the former SweetFrog location on Libbie Avenue. Cattura on Grove and La Grande Dame have permanently shuttered.