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When final Martin’s stores will close next week

Posted at 4:04 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 19:22:59-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The final Martin's grocery stores operating in Central Virginia will close next week.

Company officials noted Thursday that the following locations will close on Wednesday, August 2:

  • 12601 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chester
  •  200 Charter Colony Parkway in Midlothian
  • 7045 Forest Hill Avenue in Richmond
  • 5700 Brook Road in Richmond

Additionally, the Ashland store at 253 North Washington Highway will close on Saturday, Aug. 5.

According to signage at the Charter Colony location, any remaining Fuel Perks will be honored at remaining Martin’s and Giant locations through Sept. 30.

These latest locations closing are the final Martin's stores in Central Virginia that were not purchased by Publix.

The Florida-based grocer is in the process of renovating or redesigning ten former Martin's stores it purchased.

The flagship Publix store, which sits on land originally readied by Ukrop’s before the family-owned Richmond grocery stores were sold to grocer Martin's parent company, opened earlier this month at Nuckols Place in Glen Allen.

The first fully renovated former Martin's location, at The Shoppes at Crossridge at 10250 Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen, will reopen as a Publix at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Then the White Oak Village Publix,  at 4591 South Laburnum Avenue in eastern Henrico County, also a former Martin's location, will open Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7 a.m.

Get inside look at Richmond’s first Publix grocery store

Full list of Martin's stores sold to Publix:

  • Martin’s 3460 Pump Road Richmond
  • Martin’s 3522 West Cary Street Richmond
  • Martin’s 10250 Staples Mill Road Glen Allen (Opening July 29.)
  • Martin’s 2250 John Rolfe Parkway Richmond
  • Martin’s 10150 Brook Road Glen Allen
  • Martin’s 13700 Hull Street Road Midlothian
  • Martin’s 7035 Three Chopt Road Richmond
  • Martin’s 3107 Boulevard Suite 15 Colonial Heights
  • Martin’s 9645 West Broad Street Glen Allen
  • Martin’s 4591 South Laburnum Ave. Richmond (Opening Aug. 5)

Publix first announced plans in February of 2016 to build their flagship store on Nuckols Road in Glen Allen. Then news broke in July of 2016 that the chain was buying some of the Martin's locations, mainly in the West End.

In addition, the chain announced a 12th location in Mechanicsville, which will be built at Brandy Creek Commons on Mechanicsville Turnpike and Brandy Creek Road.

A Fredericksburg location is also slated for Cosner’s Corner along Route 1 and Spotsylvania Parkway.

Get inside look at Richmond’s first Publix grocery store

Ukrop’s Pecan Pies at a MARTIN’s grocery store.

Ukrop’s Pecan Pies at a MARTIN’s grocery store.

Ukrop's Super Markets

The Ukrop family sold their 25 iconic grocery stores for $140 million in December of 2009 to Giant-Carlisle, a subsidiary of Royal Ahold.

Since then the Dutch supermarket giant has shuttered under-performing stores in the area.

Additionally, when news broke in 2015 that Royal Ahold was merging with Delhaize, Food Lion's parent company, federal regulators required the conglomerate divest some of its stores.

As a result, those companies opted to close their Central Virginia Martin's locations in favor of continuing to operate Food Lion stores across much of the Commonwealth. Food Lion stores have a large footprint in the southeast while Giant and Martin's stores were favored in the northeast.

One Ukrop's store, a specialty market concept in Richmond's Westhampton neighborhood, was not part of the Royal Ahold sale and remains open today. Two Ukrop's employees purchased Joe's Market, which was later renamed Libbie Market, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

In the sale to Giant-Carlisle, the Ukrop family retained their grocery store's bakery plant and supplied their Ukrop's Homestyle Foods products, including their famous rainbow cookies, White House Rolls, decorated cakes, Ukrop’s branded sandwiches and more, to Martin's.

Since the sale and closure of the Martin's stores, Ukrop's Homestyle Foods was able to expand to additional stores.

The baked goods are now available at Kroger, Wegmans, Publix, Libbie Market and Hudson News at RIC Airport.

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