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Beginning April 3, groups of four or five Ukrop’s stores will shut down temporarily for their transition to the Martin’s Food Markets banner, according to a published report. The six-week process will continue on successive Saturday nights until May 8, when the final four Ukrop’s stores will close their doors, and reopen on May 17 as Martin’s locations. The multimillion-dollar conversions are all expected to take a week.
Martin’s parent company, Ahold USA, purchased 25 Ukrop’s stores last month for $140 million.
“We are confident customers will be excited to see what we have done,” Jim Scanlon, a former Ukrop’s executive turned regional Martin’s VP, told the Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch. Scanlon added that the idea was to convert the stores with as little inconvenience to customers as possible. Furthermore, the stores’ pharmacies and Union First Market Bank branches will stay open during the transitions.
During the weeklong conversions, construction workers and employees will paint, clean, remerchandise, increase the number of refrigeration units, enhance lighting and install additional self-checkouts, among other changes. The amount of the work needed will depend on the age, infrastructure and size of a given store, according to Martin’s.
In a departure from Ukrop’s practices, the new Martin’s stores will sell beer and wine and have Sunday hours.