press release

August 26, 2013

Christopher Brand
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Richmond, VA – MARTIN’S Food Markets today announced it will close its Gayton Crossing store located at 9782 Gayton Road, Richmond on or before October 26, 2013.

“This difficult decision comes out of our ongoing and continual assessment of our stores,” said Rick Herring, president, GIANT/MARTIN’S. “Our Gayton Crossing location has not achieved performance goals after several years of operation. We thank and deeply appreciate the dedicated service of our associates at the Gayton Crossing store.”

The Gayton Crossing MARTIN’S is 32 years old and was acquired from Ukrop’s in 2010. Gayton Crossing customers are encouraged to shop at one of MARTIN’S other stores located nearby. The John Rolfe store is approximately three miles from Gayton Crossing.

“We are committed to investing in the Richmond market, and we look forward to opening our new state-of-the-art, 74,000-square-foot Midlothian store next year,” continued Herring. “Earlier this year, we completed remodels at Short Pump and Virginia Center with positive reviews from our customers.”

The majority of the less than one hundred associates will be offered positions at other nearby stores, with information regarding the exact date of closure to be conveyed to associates and customers in the coming weeks.

MARTIN’S continues to operate 23 stores within the greater Richmond area and plans to open a new store in Midlothian in 2014.


Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2013, GIANT/MARTIN’S, headquartered in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 31,000 associates. Founded in 1923, GIANT and MARTIN’S have a long-standing commitment to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children in addition to working with hundreds of local organizations annually. The company was recognized for its leadership in the fight against hunger with the Golden Grocer Award by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition, GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. GIANT and MARTIN’S are Ahold companies. For more information visit and Find us on Facebook at and