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Emily Klinedinst
Emily Klinedinst
2 years ago

Has an opening date for the store on 25th been announced?

Church Hill People's News
Church Hill People's News
2 years ago

Not a specific one yet, but they have been publicizing a potential December 2018 date.

Emily Klinedinst
Emily Klinedinst
2 years ago

Thank you

Liz
Liz
2 years ago

I hope a full-service grocery store goes here, knowing that it will be small. This area needs a good basic grocery store that will serve ALL of the Shockoe Bottom/Church Hill population just as the Farm Fresh did.

Norine Holt-Houchens
Norine Holt-Houchens
2 years ago

This is so Sad we need a store !! Please let this store stay open.

Kirsten Gray
Kirsten Gray
2 years ago

We need a store in the neighborhood.

Renate Duggan Morehouse
Renate Duggan Morehouse
2 years ago

Why are they closing? It seems like a great little store. It’ll admit the construction right there must hurt business a bit but over all it seems like there are people utilizing it.

Resident
Resident
2 years ago

The new store at 25th and 9mile is going to be a fraction of the size of farm fresh. It is not a full grocery store.

Resident
Resident
2 years ago

I hope CHIMBO OPENS UP there.
CHIMBO CHIMBO

Brett Feinstein
Brett Feinstein
2 years ago

SuperValu doesn’t want to be in retail anymore anywhere. They are closing any store they can’t sell to another chain/owner.

Grace
Grace
2 years ago

Are there ways for neighbors to express to potential buyers how much we want them here? Harris Teeter is fantastic!

Sophia Fuddy Willis-Washington
Sophia Fuddy Willis-Washington
2 years ago

OMG! What about the older the people that need the store

Luke E McClenny
Luke E McClenny
2 years ago

ALDI would be perfect!

Rita Austera
Rita Austera
2 years ago

We use the Chimbo Market still. If you spend $60 you get a free ride home ? It’s not full size but the prices are competitive. I also take the bus to the new Walmart on Nine Mile Rd.The prices are really good. I usually take an Uber back home. It’s an adjustment living in the city but I’ve become more flexible and try to go with the flow.

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

@7 Renate… why are they closing? The bottom line and owner, SuperValue. Farm Fresh has not made a profit since 1998 and SuperValue decided to get out of the retail business and stick to product distribution. There has been an outcry for a Trader Joe’s there but someone at Nextdoor says that repeated contracts with them have come back saying that they are not interested in opening another store in RVA. The other Farm Fresh stores have been sold off to Kroger, Harris Teeter, and Food Lion. The location is too small for a Kroger and Food Lion has been… Read more »

Taneya Dwan M Ed
Taneya Dwan M Ed
2 years ago

There is no grocery store in the area what are we going to di

James Wesley Childress Jr.
James Wesley Childress Jr.
2 years ago

That is ample time to find another job.

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

Chimbo has a nice store where it is and is only a couple of blocks away. If they moved to Church Hill, they would need to change their name and opening a second store that close would not be financially feasible. Farm Fresh, when they first opened, offered free shuttle service. As I said, an Aldi would be welcome but the parking lot and sidewalk areas are not set up for the carts. Too bad that the adjoining parking deck was not utilized when Johnny Johnson built it for his customers and originally going to have a side entrance to… Read more »

James Menefee
James Menefee
2 years ago

Inside intel just said “95% sure this will be a Kroger”

John B Chilton
John B Chilton
2 years ago

To the headline writer: Virginia Employment Commission not putting the store on notice. The store is closing and under federal law (WARN) the store has to give its workers and the public advance notice. Notifying VEC to post that notice is part the hoops the store must jump through under the law.

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

@20 James Menefee…wow, Kroger stores are much larger and need more parking than at this location. Seems out of character but, who knows at this point.

HW
HW
2 years ago

@23 well really @16 what is the basis for the no-profit statement? Does Supervalu release store level data?

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

It seems out of character that Kroger would go into such a small building with a cramped parking lot?

Shelly Wilkie
Shelly Wilkie
2 years ago

Trader Joes!

Church Hill People's News
Church Hill People's News
2 years ago
Reply to  James Menefee

Per the SuperValue folks and shared by Norm Gold last night, it’s most likely an independent grocery store. Aldi, Lidl and Kroger allegedly passed

Darrell Talastas
Darrell Talastas
2 years ago

Need a super Aldi

Erik Grotz
Erik Grotz
2 years ago

Whoever purchases it needs to purchase the two-story parking lot next to it.

ray
ray
2 years ago

Independent grocery store? The only ones I know in Richmond are Ellwood Thompson in Carytown and something (name escapes me) on Libbie Ave., both which would probably go over pretty well with a lot of people in this end of town.

Anyone know any others?

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

My question then would be, what “independent” has enough money to buy the 37,000 sq ft store and renovate it?

Casey Clifford
Casey Clifford
2 years ago

Let’s all chip in and buy it!

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

If Kroger is out, that means so is Harris Teeter. I believe Whole Foods is a chain, not an independent. How about Tom Leonard’s?

MP
MP
2 years ago

Ellwood Thompson or Libbie Market would be great

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

@30 ray, like you, unless you go out of the way looking up these stores, you forget about them. The only other than Ellwood Thompson that I recalled is Tom Leonard’s.

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

Tom Leonard’s is not an independent. Tom Leonard is owned by Stew Leonards. It is a chain out of the north east with several locations. When the son of the owner of Stew’s brought a location down to Virginia he used his name, but is still part of a mass chain from the Northeast. The location is too small. Trader Joe’s does not have a successful presence in Virginia and will not go in there. Whole Foods will not be going in there for two reasons one the location is too small and two they already bought the old Pleasants… Read more »

dontmincewords
dontmincewords
2 years ago

Ellwood passed on 2018 E. Broad (dukes) due to parking. Given they were even considering that small space, THIS could be a possibilities since it does have parking….

Matt Hillian
Matt Hillian
2 years ago

Is there anyone out there who can put a business plan together for a community co-op?

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

@36 Joe

You did not say anything about Ellwood Thompson?

The thing is, that parking deck was originally built for the grocery store (just look at the architectural design that matches the store) but never fully utilized before sold off. That leaves that horrible fiasco of a parking lot. The building is too small for “chain” stores.

But this is a bit confusing. Over at Nextdoor, they are saying that the store manager is passing the word that the store was sold and eludes to another distribution type company but not at liberty to say who?

Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
2 years ago

@38 Matt Hillian…

The co-op idea has floated around for years. Here is one post link on CHPN from 2010.

https://chpn.net/2010/06/04/interested-in-a-food-co-op/

crd
crd
2 years ago

Just heard that it has been sold and the employees will keep their jobs. Not sure who the buyer is, supposedly an independent grocer.

Kay
Kay
2 years ago

Folks…Supervalu/Farm Fresh doesn’t own the building- they lease it from Wilton- it’s not for sale.

Carolyn McSorley
Carolyn McSorley
2 years ago

Harris Teeter please!

Eva Tiner
Eva Tiner
2 years ago

OMG COMMUNITY PRIDE PLLEEEASE ???? LET IT BE A COMMUNITY PRIDE

ray
ray
2 years ago

An unpeachable source tells me it’s a Ukrop.

Kay
Kay
2 years ago

@43- Harris Teeter is owned by Kroger- that’s not going to happen.

Liz
Liz
2 years ago

Ukrops??? Oh please for the love of all that is holy, let that be true!

ray
ray
2 years ago

Tasteless April Fools/Easter joke, Liz.

Ukrops won’t be having a resurrection.

Liz
Liz
2 years ago

Boo hiss Ray 🙂

ray
ray
2 years ago

Store manager tells CHA meeting that the store will REMAIN OPEN with a new owner! Reported it will not be a national chain like Kroger but that will be a familiar Richmond name.

Tom Leonards? Ellwood Thompson? Libbie Market?

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