Grocery shopping in Richmond

Whenever you move to a new area, it often takes a little time to get accustomed to the local ways of life. As you settle into one of the homes for sale in Richmond, you will likely notice the things that make the city unique, and one of these is the grocery shopping.

It has become a Richmond tradition for grocery stores to carry customers' groceries to their cars. This all started when for more than 72 years, Ukrop's Super Markets provided this service. To stay competitive with Ukrop's, Richmond-area Kroger stores began offering carry-out service as well.

In 2009, Ukrop's was sold to the Giant-Carlisle corporation and began operating under the Martin's name, and residents are pleased that Martin's continued the carryout process. However, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Martin's is now adding cart corrals in most of the parking lots in the city's 24 stores because customers are requesting to carry their own groceries.

"We are trying to respond to the requests of our customers," Jim Scanlon Martin's regional vice president told the publication. "We have been hearing customer comments that they prefer to take them out themselves. We are trying to streamline the process and make the experience better for the customer," he said.