In a region where shoppers are literally “Krogerized”, I for one was all for Ukrops moving into the Roanoke community and making a name for itself. The problem is, while it moved into the community, I don’t think it truly ever embraced the community.
Think about it…they hardly ever advertised. Maybe once in a while you’d get a flyer in the mail. Neglecting the need for advertising might have worked well for Ukrops in Richmond but this is Roanoke. We don’t have a Ukrops posted up on every other block and so, I think they did a disservice by not inundating customers with commercials and the sorts.
Local folks also say being closed on Sunday’s did ’em in. Hey, it works for Chick-fil-a, then again, a lot of mom’s out there do their grocery shopping on Sunday’s.
Not selling beer and alcohol… another nail in the coffin. I’d argue there’s a beer and wine specialty store less than 500 feet away, but we leave in a society where convenience is key!
I for one will miss Ukrops. I didn’t shop there every week, but enough to love the salad bar (Kroger tries but it can’t compare) and the grab and go Sushi (a lunch/dinner time favorite) .