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Three Martin’s will soon close for remodeling ahead of Publix takeover

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 20:03:35-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Three Martin's stores slated to be purchased by Publix will close for remodeling starting this fall, according to management.

Staff at three stores found out on Wednesday that their Henrico stores would be the first to close, in what is anticipated to be a staggered remodeling process as Publix takes over 10 Martin's locations.

The locations at 10250 Staples Mill Road, 2250 John Rolfe Parkway and 4591 S. Laburnum Road will be closed "on November 28 or later," according to Martin's Public and Community Relation Manager Samantha Krepps.

"Our concern, first and foremost, is treating associates fairly and with respect by keeping them well-informed," said Krepps. "That’s why we are informing our associates first and giving them plenty of notice prior to the sale and transition...".

The stores being sold to Publix will be remodeled and redeveloped during a process that will likely take six to 12 months. These stores will be completely closed during that time.

Publix Super Markets announced in July plans to buy 10 Richmond-area Martin's grocery stores. The majority of the new Publix will be located north of the James River and in the West End:

  • Publix 6421 Martin's 3460 Pump Road Richmond VA 23233
  • Publix 6429 Martin's 3522 West Cary Street Richmond VA 23221
  • Publix 6433 Martin's 10250 Staples Mill Road Glen Allen VA 23060
  • Publix 6434 Martin's 2250 John Rolfe Parkway Richmond VA 23233
  • Publix 6435 Martin's 10150 Brook Road Glen Allen VA 23059
  • Publix 6438 Martin's 13700 Hull Street Road Midlothian VA 23112
  • Publix 6439 Martin's 7035 Three Chopt Road Richmond VA 23226
  • Publix 6494 Martin's 3107 Boulevard Suite 15 Colonial Heights VA 23834
  • Publix 6498 Martin's 9645 West Broad Street Glen Allen VA 23060
  • Publix 6499 Martin's 4591 South Laburnum Ave. Richmond VA 23231

The future remains uncertain for the nine MARTIN's stores not part of the Publix's plan:

  • 253 N. Washington Hwy Ashland, VA
  • 12601 Jefferson Davis Hwy Chester, VA
  • 6401 Centralia Rd. Chesterfield, VA
  • 200 Charter Colony Pkwy Midlothian, VA
  • 10001 Hull St. Rd. Richmond, VA
  • 7045 Forest Hill Ave Richmond, VA
  • 5700 Brook Rd Richmond, VA
  • 11361 Midlothian Tpke Richmond, VA
  • 5201 Chippenham Crossing Ctr. Richmond, VA
  • 1015 Richmond Ave. Staunton, VA

It is possible a smaller, independent grocer could take over the nine locations.

Publix is one of two grocery stores moving into the Richmond market that does not offer specific fuel perks programs or fueling stations, harkening back to a time when fuel savings were not a strategic part of grocery shopping.

Publix did not purchase the fueling centers of the stores which they bought. Acquiring and spending Martin’s fuel points could become a more involved process as purchased shops convert to Publix.

“It is business as usual as Martin’s continues to operate these stores for an extended period of time,” said Chris Brand, External Communications and Public Affairs Lead.

According to an informal CBS 6 poll, local shoppers value the retail experience more than fuel perks.

Martin’s has not addressed what they will do if fueling centers aren’t purchased when the remaining nine stores are sold.