1963: James E. Ukrop, son of the founders, persuades his father to allow him to open a second store, on Midlothian Turnpike near
1972: Opens its first store north of the James River, in the
1974: Jim Ukrop becomes president and chief executive officer. His father is chairman.
1975: Opens two stores in the same year—a first.
1976: Buys Dot’s Pastry Shop, a premier
1981: Ukrop’s opens a 20,000-square-foot bakery manufacturing facility at
1986: Becomes the Richmond-area market-share leader, surpassing Safeway.
1987: Introduces the Ukrop’s Valued Customer card, offering in-store electronic discounts.
1989: Opens 20,000-square-foot Central Kitchen in
1993: Creates Ukrop’s Dress Express, a uniform and corporate apparel business.
1994: Jim Ukrop is named vice chairman and retains the CEO title. His brother, Bobby, is named president and chief operating officer.
1996: Embarks on a $125 million expansion plan to be paid for by taking on debt—a first for the chain.
1997: Opens a store in
1998: Jim Ukrop becomes the company’s chairman. Bobby becomes CEO and president.
2001: Opens Joe’s Market, a specialty food market on
2002: Co-founder Joseph Ukrop dies.
2005: Co-founder Jacquelin Ukrop dies.
2006: Relocates its corporate offices to Henrico from
2007: Opens a store in
2008: Becomes a partner with the Uppy’s convenience store chain to offer fuelperks!, a discounted-gas program for shoppers.
2009: Closes one of its two stores in the