The Rams are behind one of the region’s latest neighborhood markets.
VCU plans to open a grocery store, dubbed Ram City Market, in the Grace Street Center building at 912 W. Grace St. on the Monroe Park campus.
The market will sell groceries as well as to-go coffee and made-to-order sandwiches. The store won’t carry alcohol.
It will take the place of a Walmart that occupied the 4,100-square-foot space until July 2019. Ram City Market is expected to open either late fall or early spring.
The store will be open to the public. Student customers will be able to use their meal plan accounts at the store.
It will be on the first floor of the Grace Street Center, which is home to the university’s procurement office, university relations and the global education office.
The market will be operated as part of the university’s existing contract with dining services company Aramark. The store’s seven to eight workers will be Aramark employees, VCU spokesman Mike Porter said in an email.
Ram City Market comes amid several other neighborhood market concepts that have recently opened or are on the horizon around the region. Chef Carlisle Bannister is planning to open a market in Tuckahoe Shopping Center. Sen Organic Farmers Market opened in Carytown earlier this year.