RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — MARTIN’S Food Markets announced Wednesday it will close its remaining nine stores in the Richmond area and Williamsburg communities this summer.
“Throughout this difficult process, our top concern has been to take care of our associates and treat them fairly and with respect,” GIANT/MARTIN’S President Tom Lenkevich said in a release.
The following stores will close on July 10:
- 6401 Centralia Road, Chesterfield
- 5201 Chippenham Crossing Center, Richmond
- 11361 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond
- 4660 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg
The following stores will close on August 2:
- 253 North Washington Highway, Ashland
- 12601 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester
- 200 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian
- 7045 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond
- 5700 Brook Road, Richmond
“We want to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication over the years, and we are grateful for the loyalty of our many customers,” continued Lenkevich.
Customers in Ashland weren’t thrilled to hear that their local grocery store will be closing in a few short months. Loyal employees and shoppers who’ve come to the location since it was a Ukrops now wonder what the future has in store.
“Maybe knowing something is better than not knowing something, but I sure wish somebody would buy it so that those who are local can continue to enjoy it,” shopper Debbie Robertson said.
David Huth told 8News his wife has worked at the Virginia Center Commons location for 31 years, dating back to when it was a Ukrops. He called the news of the closure ‘unsettling.’
“She’s waiting and hoping that she’ll have a job with Publix or somebody else after the 10th of July when her store closes,” he said. “She doesn’t have one yet, so she’s worried. We’re kind worried.”
GIANTMARTIN’S President Tom Lenkevich said the company will go above and beyond to take care of their employees.
“We know our associates’ continued dedication to our customers will provide excellent service in the coming weeks. We are also making a best in class commitment to take care of our people with a strong severance package.”