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Ukrop's Super Market

Ukrop's Food Group (a.k.a. Ukrop's Homestyle Foods)
Family business
Founded 1976
Headquarters Richmond, Virginia
Products Food company
Website http://www.ukropshomestylefoods.com/

Ukrop's is a company that operates a central bakery and kitchen producing baked goods and prepared meals. Its baked goods are marketed under Good Meadow and Ukrop's brand. In 1976 Ukrop's bought Dot's Pastry Shop, a well-known bakery in Richmond. It used the name Dot's Pastry Shop for years before changing it to Ukrop's Bakery.

From 1937 to 2010 the Ukrop family operated supermarkets in Richmond and its surrounding area under the corporate name Ukrop's Super Markets, but the family sold its retail grocery operations to Giant-Carlisle, a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Ahold.

History

Ukrop's Super Markets was founded in 1937 by Joseph Ukrop. The company had 26 stores,[1] mostly in the Richmond area, as well as one store in Williamsburg, and one each in Colonial Heights, Petersburg, and Fredericksburg. An additional Williamsburg location [2] and a Roanoke location [3] closed during 2009 due to low sales and poor recognition of the Richmond-based Ukrop's brand name in other cities saturated with other stores. Ukrop's also operated a specialty store in Richmond called Joe's Market, named after the founder. The company chairman is James Ukrop, son of Joseph; James' brother Robert is president and chief executive officer.

In July 2009 a trade magazine reported that Ukrop's was for sale, and was courting Supervalu and Harris Teeter as potential buyers. Ukrop's stores historically have been closed on Sundays and have not sold alcohol, limiting the stores' revenue compared to other retail supermarkets, particularly Food Lion.[4]

Sale of Ukrops

On December 17, 2009, Ukrop's announced that the Giant-Carlisle Division of the Dutch-based conglomerate Ahold would acquire all twenty-five of Ukrop's stores for $140 Million. This marked the end of the Ukrop family's retail venture. The sale was finalized on February 8, 2010.[5] The transition away from the use of the Ukrop's store name to Giant-Carlisle's Martin's brand took place in the spring of 2010. However, certain baked goods are still produced by Ukrop's Bakery division and labeled as such. The transaction did not include the Ukrop's store in Fredericksburg, which closed. The lone Joe's Market store owned by the chain was sold to two former Ukrop's employees, who reopened it as Libbie Market.

As of September 30, 2009 the company's assets were listed as $233 million, with liabilities of $145.9 million.[6]

Community outreach

Ukrop's sponsored the annual Ukrop's/SuperValu Christmas Parade on Broad Street in Richmond. It also sponsored one of the largest 10k running events in the United States, The Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K. Ukrop's provided financial support to the University of Richmond and many other local educational and arts charities.


References

External links

  • http://www.martinsfoods.com
  • http://www.ukropshomestylefoods.com
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