Martin's Food Markets talks about upcoming changes to Ukrop's

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Your neighborhood Ukrop's store will soon get a fresh new look. The multi-million dollar sale of the locally-owned company is now a done deal. We've spoken with the new managers about the changes you'll see.

The big changes won't be automatic. But in the coming weeks, a Martin's Food Market spokesperson says the company will freshen up its newest 25 stores and introduce some of Martin's well known characteristics.

While many loyal Ukrop's customers are sad to see a longtime family run chain go, the changes on the horizon are a welcome sight. Beer and wine sales and Sunday shopping to name a few.

"Personally I look forward to being able to shop on Sundays and buy wine," said shopper Catherine Byrne.

Ukrop's will operate under the Martin's Food Market brand. A Martin's spokesperson says it will be a while before customers notice a difference in terms of physical changes at the store like the signs. The name will change in the spring. But some things will remain the same.

"The Ukrop's family will continue to supply Ukrop's well loved kitchen and baking products to the stores," said Martin's spokesperson Tracy Pawelski.

Martin's also has a similar gas savings program. Pawelski says Ukrop's customers will not lose their points during the transition. Suzanne Spooner-Munch fell in love with Ukrop's five years ago.

"They're so well known in the community, and it's not so much they have better prices but they've got great presentation. They've got wonderful produce a nice looking store," said Spooner-Munch.

She hopes Martin's doesn't drop the ball when it comes to community involvement. Pawelski says the company is committed to keeping that connection, but will be active in different areas.

"One of those things, we have a charitable mission around improving the quality of life for children as well as fighting hunger," said Pawelski.

Martin's officials say the company offers a combination of quality selection and savings and customers will soon begin to see those characteristics.

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