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Martin's at Brook Road

RICHMOND, Va. — All but one MARTIN’S Food Markets will be closed as of August 2.

The process started in 2016, when it was announced that 20 Richmond-area MARTIN’S  stores would be sold or closed following the mergers of the companies that owned both MARTIN’S and Food Lion.

In 2010, MARTIN’S  purchased over 20 stores from Ukrop’s Super Markets, a locally established chain which set the gold standard in Richmond. 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.

Ten of the stores were purchased by the Florida-based Publix company, who opened their first local store on July 15.

The market has changed over the past seven years; previously it was dominated by Ukrop’s and there was little competition. In the past two years, four chains alone have established new shops: Lidl, Aldi, Wegman’s and Publix.

The round of Martin’s stores closing Wednesday were not purchased by anyone, which leaves several strip mall locations devoid of an anchor store.

The stores that were not purchased:

  • 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

There are some MARTIN’S  stores outside of Richmond in Virginia that will remain open.

For example, there is a Giant store in Charlottesville (1900 Abbey Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911) and a MARTIN’S  location in Harrisonburg (2035 E Market St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801).

Company officials said customers can continue to use their MARTIN’S  Bonus Cards at those locations.

A representative issued a statement thanking the community:

“MARTIN’S Food Markets has been proud to be a part of the Richmond community since 2010. We want to express our sincere gratitude for your support over the past seven years.

“To our customers, thank you for choosing MARTIN’S and shopping with us. To our associates, who were our true ambassadors to the community, thank you for your hard work and dedicated customer service.

“The generosity of our customers and associates have locally impacted the fight against hunger, the quality of life for children and helped cultivate healthy communities.

“On behalf of all of us at MARTIN’S, thank you Richmond.”