Comments 13. Related Stories 2015 Richmonder of the Year: For their active approach, cultural influence and longevity of work in Richmond, Style Weekly names the Ukrop family as the 30th anniversary Richmonders of the Year. The Scoop Our insiders guide to Richmond. Switch to the mobile version of this page. Your kids are normal. Submit an event. Since opening Sept. As with any independent business people, the Ukrops have had their share of bumps.
The censorship attempt was something Jim Ukrop later said he regretted. But in 2004, Johnson shut his business down. Leonard picked up a lot of tips.
Kroger started adding more sophisticated entrees. His vision and intention seemed focused on creating what he saw as a necessary cultural amenity — and one that would support downtown revitalization.
The same sort of canniness set up the Ukrops for their next big play — selling most of their food empire. But Ukrop was in the mix for something he believed in, and kept pushing forward.
Their clientele were blue-collar workers, including employees of nearby cigarette manufacturing plants. We make sense of the news; pursue those in power; explore the city's arts and culture; open windows on provocative ideas; and help readers know Richmond through its people. It had gone against richer national chains in its home market of Richmond and carried off a distinctive branding. His brother Bob joined the store in 1972.
It took 26 years for the Ukrops to open a second store. They stopped after drawing national criticism, and the radio station eventually canceled Stern.
Relations were rougher with the late Ray Boone, founding editor and publisher of the Richmond Free Press. When someone new comes in, they take a little from everybody else. Joseph Ukrop was born in Henrico County on a farm owned by his family.