#Ukropalypse

Rachel DePompaRachel DePompa – bio | email 

Update: August 6th 11:30am:  It’s NOT Wegmans. The Rochester based grocery chain says it is NOT buying Ukrops. I recieved several emails yesterday suggesting Wegmans was the buyer. Wegmans’ spokesperson Jo Natale says “it is not true. It’s a false rumor.”  Wegmans has 73 stores including in five states including one store in Fredericksburg, VA. 

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Shout out to my twitter folks today who came up with #Ukropalyse. Here’s the latest on the Ukrop’s sale speculation. Since no one is “officially” talking, it’s time to read between the lines…. I trust all my faithful readers out there!

Harris Teeter:

Harrist Teeter’s parent company, The Ruddick Corporation, released its quarterly report this week. The company says its planned distribution center in King George County will likely be delayed. (That’s huge news for the rumor mill because the center fueled A LOT of the speculation that Harris Teeter was the front runner to buy Ukrop’s. This would be Harris Teeter’s first distribution center IN Virginia… giving rise to the company growing in the Commonwealth) The company also said it was exploring other options.  

The quarterly report also mentions Harris Teeter’s expansion plans include Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland. (No mention of central Virginia or Richmond.) A local expert says this could be mean several things….

1. Harris Teeter doesn’t have to disclose expansion plans in a quarterly report and may be keeping its cards close to the vest.

2. It no longer has an interest in Ukrop’s.

3. There are other suitors for Ukrop’s out there that we don’t know about.

I caught up with the Ukrop family today at an event in Chesterfield County. CEO Bobby Ukrop declined to comment. His son, Rob said candidly “he’s the wrong guy to ask, but that these (rumors) come up every year.” When I pushed about family’s plans if there was a sale he said simply, “We love Richmond. We’ve always been here and we’ll always be here.”

And there’s your latest rumor-mill roundup!

 

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8 responses to “#Ukropalypse

  1. “We love Richmond. We’ve always been here and we’ll always be here,” is not a clear and simple “no” — which is what someone would say if there were false rumors giing around about them. Something is definitely up.

  2. B. L. Westbrook

    Wed. – 08/05/2009 @8:18p.m.

    So, what’d tell ya .. HUH? J. & B. U. know what they’re doin’! By the way, Ms. DePompa, you’ve probably already done so but, check my e-mail comments to you (NO “smart-aleckiness intended).

  3. tim Joost

    I don’t care a lick about Ukraps. Many other higher end national chains perform as well this chain.

    The only difference between Ukraps and other stores is that there no are senior citizens to take the shopping bags of spoiled young talk on the cell phone suburbanites out to car during the day.

    How about a little more respect for seniors!

    • S Owens

      Ukrop’s employees many younger employees, as well — I’d say they outnumber the “senior citizens” as you refer to them. I often take my groceries out myself when I shop there. Ukrop’s is far superior to Kroger or Food Lion–there are many differences between Ukrop’s and other stores and I often wonder if Ukrop’s-bashers have even shopped at a Ukrop’s store. Ukrop’s is clean, has edible produce, has friendly employees. Ukrop’s will be truly missed, more than the haters realize! They are a huge supporter of the local community and economy. We’ll see what happens!

  4. AJ

    Too bad it isn’t Wegman’s. They have very nice stores, and good prices. I sometimes drive up to Fredericksburg to go to the one there.

    I hope it isn’t some mega-galactic incorporated generic grocery entity

  5. OH crud! i just typed a nice comment and as soon as i submitted it it come up blank! Please tell me it worked properly? I do not want to sumit it again if i do not have to! Either the blog bugged out or i am just stuipd :), the latter doesnt surprise me lol.

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