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The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Ahold-owned Martin’s Food Markets will close down the 24 Ukrop’s stores it has just acquired and renovate them for a week before reopening them under the Martin’s name.

According to the story, “The closing of the stores will be staggered on a rotating basis so customers can visit other stores. In-store pharmacies and banks will remain open during the renovations. When the stores reopen, they will sell beer, wine and be open on Sundays.

“The closings will allow workers to paint, clean, re-merchandise and make other interior changes to the stores. Among the changes will be the addition of self-checkout lanes, improved lighting and new computerized cash registers. Martin’s also has said that cafes in 23 of the stores will get new chairs, tables and be wired for Wi-Fi. Only eight of Ukrop’s cafes now offer wireless Internet connection.”
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