A Glen Allen parcel once destined to be a Ukrop’s grocery store is for sale, and site’s broker says it’s all wrapped up with a bow.
A decades-old formula for developing successful new retail centers in Richmond has become much more complex.
In the two years since Martin’s took over from Ukrop’s, some Richmond wine sellers have found new meaning in an age-old mandate: Evolve or die.
Martin’s grocery store will face new competition this year for customers who are still loyal to Ukrop’s baked goods and prepared foods.
Four reincarnated Ukrop’s supermarkets opened Monday as Martin’s Food and Drug stores, a division of the Dutch supermarket company that also owns the Giant chain. BizSense has a breakdown of what’s new and what not, plus some of the challenges the company faces in stemming declining market share and a slideshow of new layout.
Two newcomers to the Richmond business community are marking their grand openings in the community with an advertising partnership.
The Ukrop’s next to Matthew Lake’s wine store will soon become a Martin’s Grocery store and do what would have seemed inconceivable a year ago: sell beer and wine. And that presents a formerly unfathomable challenge for the wine stores that for decades operated symbiotically with Ukrop’s in the same shopping centers.
Soon the signs will change on 24 Ukrop’s stores around Richmond as they morph into Martin’s Grocery stores. This week RBS chats with Jeff Metzger, a longtime follower of the grocery industry and the fellow who broke the story open with his reporting in July 2009.
The 25 Ukrop’s stores purchased by Dutch grocer Ahold will be closed for a week as they get a facelift and a spring cleaning before becoming Martin’s grocery stores. Local firms are doing most of the work.
Girl Scout cookies won’t be for sale outside the store, and Supervalu recently announced it was cutting 80 jobs because the new owner is using different suppliers. But for at least one local business, it’s pretty much business as usual when it comes to its relationship with the grocery chain.