Friday, September 18, 2009

Ukrop's Will Close Roanoke Store

Ukrop's at Ivy Market^

On the day before Walgreens drug store finally opens at Ivy Market, Ukrop's Super Markets Inc. today announced it will close its store at 2331 Franklin Road in Roanoke Saturday, Oct. 24.

The First Market Bank branch in this store will remain open until Friday, Dec. 18, 2009.

"We are making this announcement this afternoon after talking with store leadership about this tough decision," said Ukrop's Chairman, President and CEO Bobby Ukrop. "We wish it had worked out differently. It's painful for many reasons, not the least of which is that we will no longer be able to offer employment to associates who have diligently served Ivy Market customers.

"We are grateful to the Roanoke Valley customers who have loyally supported us with their business and will do our best during the next five weeks to provide the quality fresh food and superior customer service they have come to expect from Ukrop's," added Ukrop.

Ukrop's Super Markets Inc was founded and headquartered in Richmond, and has more than 5,500 associate. It operates 27 retail food stores (26 after the Roanoke store closing), Joe's Market (a regional specialty market), a central bakery and kitchen, and a distribution center. Ukrop's is privately owned and has operated since 1937.

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