When Ahold, USA bought Richmond based Ukrop’s grocery chain, they embarked on an ambitious conversion effort. KBS was selected as the only local contractor to remodel seven of the chain’s stores in a daunting 24-hour-a-day – 8-day schedule at each location. Stores were closed on Saturdays at 6
p.m. and re-opened eight days later at 8 a.m.
The work involved the demolition and replacement of all branding, millwork and décor, exterior and interior signage, aisle markers and track lighting to correspond with relocation and upgrading of all shelving throughout the stores.
Refrigerated cases were added and relocated to accommodate new beer sales, prepared food sales, and re-merchandizing layouts. This task required extensive underground plumbing re-work and new refrigeration line sets from existing chillers. Front ends were re-configured, including the addition of free standing floral kiosk departments.
In order to coordinate construction efforts with Martin’s removal and restocking of product, transfer of cases and furnishings to other stores and delivery of Owner-furnished refrigeration units, KBS developed a detailed hour-by-hour schedule for each of the stores’ differing degrees of renovation. This required close coordination of more than 200 workers, while the pharmacies and banks maintained normal business hours at all times.