Busy day in Crozet!
Waiting for confirmation from 2nd source; believed to be true. https://t.co/4FpXWNTGVQ
— realcrozetva (@realcrozetva) November 15, 2016
— Allison Wrabel (@craftypanda) November 15, 2016
From Allison Wrabel’s story (make sure to click through and read the whole thing)
Crozet Market LLC, comprised of the owners of the Crozet Shopping Center and Raphael Strumlauf, owner of the Market Street Market in downtown Charlottesville, purchased the Great Valu from Red Front Stores, Inc. and the Wagner family.
General Manager Jean Wagner is retiring at the end of the year, according to a press release.
The new team is taking over operations of the store immediately, but Wagner will be working alongside them until the end of the year, according to the release.
The store will continue to operate under the Great Valu name.
Update 16 November 2016 – Great story at the Crozet Gazette. (read the whole thing)
He’s already decided some changes on for the Great Valu. “We’re going to add a deli and a bakery and do more with produce. We’ll try fresh seafood and see if people are receptive. We’ll expand the organic section. To me this is a lot of space.” The Great Valu has 14,000 square feet total with 10,000 sq/ft in the selling area and the remainder in storerooms and work areas.
“What makes a store nice is customer service,” Strumlauf said. “Really knowing the customer. Nobody knows better what direction a store should go than the customers. I’m going to be spending a whole lot of time here through the holidays. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I don’t want to take away a single thing the store has. I want to remerchandise some things.” He gave as an example the possibility of moving some drink machines. “I don’t want to take a great store and get arrogant about changing things. I want the first thing people see when they walk in to be something fresh. It sets the whole tone for the store. That’s the direction. I want it to be a really nice place to shop. I want the people in Ivy to come here.