New Stores Stoke Competition in Richmond

Newly opened outposts of Whole Foods and Trader Joe's herald the beginning of a new era in food shopping in this growing metropolitan area and signal another challenge for Ukrop's Super Markets, its longtime local leader. Retailers and other observers contacted by SN say the changes reflect both Richmond's growth population in the nine-county Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area has

RICHMOND, Va. — Newly opened outposts of Whole Foods and Trader Joe's herald the beginning of a new era in food shopping in this growing metropolitan area — and signal another challenge for Ukrop's Super Markets, its longtime local leader.

Retailers and other observers contacted by SN say the changes reflect both Richmond's growth — population in the nine-county Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area has grown by about 9% this decade and now totals 1.2 million, U.S. Cens

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