RICHMOND, Va. – Bobby Ukrop reached out to a distressed community after news broke earlier this week that 20 Richmond-area MARTIN'S stores will be sold following the mergers of the companies that owned both MARTIN'S and Food Lion, according to a report in the supermarket industry publication Food World.
Ukrop and family built a small grocery store into Ukrop's Super Markets, a chain that flourished and set the gold standard in Richmond. The chain was sold to MARTIN'S/GIANT in 2010. From that sale was born Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, which continued to provide the prepared foods and baked goods which the Richmond metro community loved so fiercely over the past 75 years.
Bobby Ukrop's letter is below:
In light of the recent news articles and media attention, we wanted you to know that we do appreciate the outpouring of support we have received concerning our company and the foods we make.
For the associates of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, “It’s business as usual” as we keep making fresh food and baked goods daily while providing sales support to the MARTIN’S stores.
We will continue to encourage and work with area grocery stores and any retailers that may be coming to the Greater Richmond Region in the future, to carry the great-tasting baked goods, entrees, sides, and salads that Richmonders have come to expect and enjoy for more than 40 years.
As a reminder, in addition to MARTIN’S, some of our products are available at The Fresh Market, BJ’s, Kroger, Richmond International Airport and Amazon, along with custom cakes and cupcakes that may be ordered online, as well as through Catering by Ukrop’s.
Have a wonderful Easter holiday and thanks very much for your business!