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Walmart Neighborhood Market opens next Wed in Williamsburg

Walmart will open Williamsburg’s first Walmart Neighborhood Market on Wednesday, Sept 28, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony at 7:00 a.m.

The new store, approximately one-third the size of a Walmart Supercenter, is located at the corner of Monticello Ave and Casey Blvd in Settlers Market.

Smaller Store, More Convenience
The Walmart Neighborhood Market format offers quick and convenient shopping, with a full grocery department, including organic and natural selections. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are more than 250 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide. The store will feature prepared food options, fresh-baked breads, a self-serve deli and a bakery. The full-service pharmacy will offer a full range of products and services.

It will be open 6 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days a week.

The store will also feature financial services and Walmart Site-to-Store, which allows customers to order merchandise online at Walmart.com and have it shipped to the store for pickup.

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $4,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups. Grant recipients include the Williamsburg Police Department, Williamsburg Fire Department, Williamsburg Kiwanis Club and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market located at 12840 Beach Blvd. in Stanton
  • About 65 jobs at the Stanton Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Store open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

New Store, New Jobs
The Stanton Neighborhood Market employs about 65 full- and part-time associates. More than 2,000 applicants submitted interest in working at the new store. Store manager Nelisa Blackwell began her Walmart career in 2000 as an overnight stocker in Orange, California. She was promoted to an assistant and shift manager, before becoming a store manager last year in Anaheim.

"I am proud to be a part of the new Walmart Neighborhood Market in the City of Stanton," said Blackwell. "It gives me great pleasure to be able to offer fresh and affordable products to my local community. I hope everyone comes out on grand opening day to see all the great things we have."

Smaller Store, More Convenience
The Walmart Neighborhood Market format offers quick and convenient shopping, with a full grocery department, including organic and natural selections. The first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in 1998, and today there are more than 250 Walmart Neighborhood Market stores nationwide, including about 30 in California. The store will feature prepared food options, fresh-baked breads, a self-serve deli and a bakery. The full-service pharmacy will offer a full range of products and services. Pharmacy team members can answer product and prescription questions and customers can ask about health and wellness solutions.

The store will fill a vacant retail space, helping revitalize the shopping center. The new store will also include energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly features to reduce energy, water consumption and minimize waste. All internally illuminated exterior building signage will use light emitting diodes (LEDs). Highly efficient and low-flow toilets and faucets will reduce the water used in the restrooms. The store will also operate recycling programs and promote sustainable product purchases.

"I am excited to see this new store open," said Connie Pedenko, President and CEO of the West Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce. "In addition to creating 65 new jobs, having a Walmart here will help re-energize this shopping center and bring more customers to surrounding businesses, ultimately strengthening our local economy."

Community Giving
Walmart supports local charitable causes that are important to the communities it serves. In the last fiscal year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation donated $1.7 million to organizations that serve the residents of Orange County.

"We are pleased to welcome the Walmart Neighborhood Market to Stanton," said Stanton Mayor David J. Shawver. "In the past few months, the store and its associates have already begun being involved in the community, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Walmart in the future."

The grand-opening celebration includes presentations of $7,000 in grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation to local community groups. Grant recipients include Stanton Boys and Girls Club, Stanton Community Foundation, Stanton Police Department and Vietnamese Community of Orange County.

A Big Family Welcome
Walmart is happy to be part of the Stanton community and is ready to celebrate with residents on Saturday, August 31. A Big Family Welcome will give customers a chance to meet Blackwell and enjoy fun family activities, and free food samples while supplies last. Join the celebration from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the Conversation
Walmart invites Stanton shoppers to share their in-store experience on Facebook. Visit the My Local Walmart Facebook page athttp://www.facebook.com/walmart4134. Fans of the local page can receive information about rollbacks, in-store events, meal solutions and more.

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Kroger and Harris Teeter Announce Merger Agreement

The largest grocery store chain in the US is getting  bigger.

Kroger Co. said today it is buying Harris Teeter Supermarkets in a deal valued at  $2.4 billion .

The deal will be the fourth-largest acquisition of a North American food retailer the past decade. It also would be Kroger’s biggest takeover since 1998, when it bought Fred Meyer for more than $12 billion, according to financial media giant Bloomberg.

Kroger has seven supermarkets in Hampton Roads and is scheduled to open the region’s first Kroger Marketplace – a larger format that sells furniture and jewelry in addition to groceries – later this month in Virginia Beach. It plans to expand that concept to two more locations in Portsmouth and Suffolk.

Harris Teeter, based in Matthews, N.C., has 15 stores in Hampton Roads and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

After the deal closes, Harris Teeter will continue to operate its stores as a subsidiary of Kroger, which will then have 9% market share nationwide.

The proposed merger of The Kroger Co. and Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. would make Hampton Roads one of a handful of markets where the two grocers overlap – in some cases with stores right next to each other.

That could force the combined company to close or sell at least a few local stores.

"We look forward to bringing together the best of Kroger and Harris Teeter while continuing to operate and grow the Harris Teeter brands," Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s chief financial officer, said during a Tuesday conference call with analysts.

Kroger has no plans to close stores and intends to keep the Harris Teeter name, Schlotman said. The chains have "minor overlap" in Hampton Roads, Charlottesville and in the Raleigh, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn., areas, he said. "We’re making plans for how we’ll operate in each of these markets in the long term."

The deal requires approval from the Federal Trade Commission, which could require the company to sell off some locations where the combined retailers would wield too much market control. That’s likely to happen in Hampton Roads because of the amount of overlap, said Jeff Metzger, publisher of Food World, a supermarket industry publication based in Columbia, Md.

Metzger said he also expects Kroger to eventually choose one of the two names under which to operate all of its stores in this region.

Wal Mart Neighborhood Market in Williamsburg Now Hiring

Are you searching for a job? There are 95 new positions opening up in Williamsburg, VA this fall.

The new Walmart Neighborhood Market is scheduled to open at Settlers Market near New Town and they are hiring both full-time and part-time employees.

If you’re interested, applications are being accepted from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

If hired, get ready to start working in July to help with the store’s grand opening.

If you want to apply click here or visit the hiring center at 731 E. Rochambeau Drive.

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Relay Foods starts grocery delivery to Williamsburg VA tomorrow.

Place your orders now !

Relay Foods, an online market for sustainable food and everyday groceries, today announced that the company is expanding its service to Williamsburg starting May 3, 2013. Customers looking for a convenient, sustainable way to shop for local foods and grocery staples, including Whole Foods Market items, can now order products online and pick them up in the New Town area in Williamsburg between 4 PM and 6:30 PM on Tuesdays at Legacy Hall or Fridays at Civic Green.

"Relay Foods partners with local farmers and producers as well as grocery stores like Whole Foods Market and other shops to bring customers the best artisan-crafted food and grocery staples available," said Relay Foods founder and CEO Zach Buckner. "We handle the logistics so customers have more time to enjoy with family and friends. We’re incredibly excited about expanding our service to the Williamsburg area."

Shopping at Relay Foods is simple: Customers visit the company’s online market at RelayFoods.com to place an order, filling their cart with items from the comprehensive selection of products available from local farms, artisan producers and grocery stores. The Relay Foods team hand-picks orders, ensuring customers get local produce picked fresh from the field and bakery goods straight from the oven as well as all the grocery items they would pick up in a brick-and-mortar grocery store. Customers then pick up orders from a convenient central location. As long as orders are in before midnight on the day prior to a scheduled delivery, they will be ready for pick up in less than 24 hours, saving customers the time and hassle involved in shopping.

To kick off the new Williamsburg service, Relay Foods is offering specials exclusively for Williamsburg customers each week in May. From May 3 to May 10, customers will receive a free Bounty Basket of produce (organic or conventional) with each $50 purchase. During the second week (May 13-17), customers receive two free Relay Pizzas with a purchase of $75 or more. In week three (May 20-24), Relay Foods is giving away a Tasting Box with each $75 purchase, and in the final week (May 27-31), customers who make a $50 or more purchase will receive a Cava Mezze Party Pack at no charge.

Relay Foods got its start in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the company is headquartered. In addition to the new Williamsburg service, Relay Foods now operates in Richmond, VA and the metro Baltimore andWashington, DC areas. The company’s goal is to change the way people approach eating by offering a time-saving way to access sustainable foods and obtain grocery staples. To find out more about Relay Foods, check out the company’s video on YouTube or visit www.relayfoods.com.

The Fresh Market To Relocate in Williamsburg on July 20th

To serve its longstanding and loyal Williamsburg customers better, The Fresh Market is moving from its current location at 1303 Jamestown Road to a larger space located at 5231 Monticello Avenue across from Settlers Market/ New Town.

fresh market williamsburg vaIn its new location, The Fresh Market will continue to provide customers with extraordinary customer service in a new, more spacious store that will offer an even greater variety of products. At over 22,700 square feet, the store will feature larger grocery aisles and expanded grocery and dairy selections with over 300 new items, European fixtures that frame the meat and seafood counters, enhanced lighting, a deli island with a vast assortment of prepared foods, an increased array of organic items and larger floral, gift and bakery departments. In addition, the expanded grocery selections will include more convenience items, allowing customers to complete their shopping at one store.

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Target To Expand Grocery Selection in Williamsburg

targetWonder why all the construction is going on inside the Target in the Monticello Marketplace shopping center in Williamsburg ?

By spring 2011, you’ll be able to buy apples, cheese and chicken along with cosmetics, prescriptions and pajamas.

Target  has begun rolling out its p-fresh, or prototype-fresh, which include such things as bananas, strawberries and bagged lettuce, as well as ground beef, chicken and pork. Shoppers also can pick up dairy items, frozen foods and convenience items, some of which will bear the chain’s Archer Farms and Market Pantry labels.

There won’t be an in-house bakery or deli, but the renovated stores will carry a small number of baked goods and pre-packed deli items.

The Williamsburg store is undergoing a renovation to become one of the first in the region – along with Targets in Newport News and Chesapeake, VA. – with a P-Fresh.

The new grocery area in the Monticello Marketplace  Target is scheduled to open at the end of March 2011, said  the store’s manager.

Williamsburg grocery shoppers now have a multitude of stores from which to choose. Martin’s in the same shopping center as Target, Trader Joes a quarter mile away, Fresh Market will soon be opening its new store across from Trader Joes, Farm Fresh has three stores in the area. Harris Teeter opened near Kingsmill this past year. Bloom and Food Lion have three locations. If that’s not enough ,Wal Mart still owns land in New Town where they were intending to build  a “Neighborhood Market” Those plans are on hold at present.

What about you ? Where do you like to shop for groceries in Williamsburg VA ?

Feel free to share your thoughts below…

Williamsburg Ukrops to close April 3 for remodel

On Saturday, April 3, Ukrop’s shoppers who shop in Williamsburg, will say goodbye to their grocery store as they begin the transition to Martin’s Food Markets.

Over six weeks, Martin’s Food Markets, which bought 25 stores from Ukrop’s Super Markets Inc. on Feb. 8 for $140 million, will close the stores in batches of four or five for weeklong, multimillion-dollar renovations.

When work on the final four stores is completed there won’t be a Ukrop’s grocery store in Virginia for the first time in more than 70 years.

The goal is to remodel the stores with as little disruption to shoppers as possible.

The stores’ pharmacies and Union First Market Bank branches will remain open during the renovations.

Stores will be closed for a week,so construction workers and employees can take their time to paint, clean and make other interior changes.

When the stores reopen, they will sell beer and wine as well as be open Sundays — significant changes from Ukrop’s practices.