I can’t help but sing the theme song from the sitcom “Martin” every time I think of the store!
You remember??? “Marrrrr-tiiiin.”
Ha! What a blast from the past!
Yesterday after work and a small celebratory happy hour for a friend who just found out she gets to keep her teaching job nest year (YAY!), I headed to the new Martin’s grocery store for some much needed groceries.
For those of you not from the Richmond area, here’s the back story on this. Ukrop’s was a family owned chain of grocery stores popular to this area that were recently bought by the Giant-Carlisle Division. Gradually, the old Ukrop’s stores have been closed and converted to the new Martin’s.
I was never a regular Ukrop’s shopper. The prices were more expensive than other stores, and I’m on a house buying budget. I tended to only go there in emergencies, or for their fantastically fresh salad bar. I also had them make my wedding cake, which was phenomenal!
But after hearing several people proclaim that Martin’s was much cheaper, I thought I’d give it a shot! The store is much closer to my house and it is right next to Target, which I frequent regularly for cleaning products, household goods, and other bounties of cuteness. It could be the start of a wonderful relationship! 😉
The first thing I noticed when I walked into the store was the bright green employees! They were swarming everywhere and you could not miss them! They were this color:
Very convenient for finding help 🙂
I also noticed that it was pretty much the same as Ukrop’s. They had the same salad bar and cafe; the same deli, and sushi bar; and the same bakery. The only differences I really saw were that the prices were lower, they flip flopped the fish and meat department, added a wall in the produce department, and they added a beer and wine section. Unlike Ukrop’s, they will be open on Sundays and sell beer and wine…. Oh, and they sell cigarettes behind the customer service desk (yuck!). It had a fresh coat of paint and new signs, but all in all, pretty much the same.
It is always hard to shop a new grocery store when you are unfamiliar with the aisles and where everything is, so I’m sure I forgot a few items. But I will definitely go back to Martin’s the next time I need groceries and give it another shot! Hey! I might go on a Sunday and buy some wine!
Today, my friend Gen is driving into town and we are going to go for a hike! I love hiking, but I don’t get to do it very often. I’m not very familiar with hiking trails in this area. We are going to pick a Walking Trail from this website and head out to enjoy the beautiful spring weather!
Have a wonderful Saturday!!!!
Do you have a favorite place to hike???