Ukrop’s Food Service Timeline
1937 Joe and Jacquelin Ukrop open their first store on Hull Street
1953 Ukrop’s operates a lunch counter at our Hull Street Store.
Ukrop’s sells Mrs. Anderson’s chicken vegetable soup in glass jars at our Hull Street store.
1971 Ukrop’s introduces a combination deli/bakery in our relocated store on Midlothian Turkpike.
Ukrop’s offered fried chicken in store for the first time (stopped selling fried chicken in six months).
1976 Ukrop’s Super Markets, Inc. purchases Dot’s Pastry Shop.
1978 After producing for two years from the original Cary Court location, Ukrop's production of bakery items moves to the Rolling Pin bakery on Lakeside Avenue.
1981 Dot’s Pastry Shop is in every Ukrop’s store.
1982 Bakery production moves to Ukrop’s 20,000 square foot bakery facility in Southport.
1983 Ukrop’s delis are enhanced with the introduction of our premium line of Boar’s Head Products.
Ukrop’s reintroduces our now locally famous fried chicken, which uses fresh, raw chicken that is breaded and fried in-store daily.
1984 Ukrop’s opens the Salad Place, our salad bar in the Carytown store.
1985 Ukrop’s offers in-store sandwiches, subs, and deli salads, as well as bake-at-home pizzas.
Ukrop’s White House Rolls are introduced at Ukrop’s annual company picnic.
1986 White House Rolls are made available in all Ukrop’s stores.
Ukrop’s Bakery begins producing made-from-scratch donuts.
1989 European Master Pastry Chef Otto Bernet joins Ukrop’s and introduces Ukrop’s customers to European Specialties.
Ukrop’s Central Kitchen opens in a 10,000 square foot facility in Southport.
Ukrop's begins offering a line of 10 chilled prepared items with the opening of our new store at Westpark.
Ukrop’s incorporates a grill and café as well as hand-tossed pizza and rotisserie chicken in the new Westpark store.
Ukrop’s begins producing holiday meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
1990 Ukrop’s introduces Dinner for Two program for easy, take-home meals.
Ukrop’s Salad Bars are expanded to include hot soup.
1992 Ukrop’s Central Kitchen is enlarged to 21,000 sq. ft.
1993 Ukrop’s begins producing bagels.
1994 Ukrop’s launches our panini program at The Village store, rolling the program out store by store until it quickly grows to all stores, becoming a part of our core menu.
1996 Ukrop’s opens a second bakery production facility (41,000 square feet) on Westmoreland Street.
1997 Ukrop’s Bakery produces cake layers for J.W. Allen, our first external customer.
1998 Ukrop’s Bakery begins selling products externally. (Our first retail customer was Genuardi’s Family Markets.)
Ukrop’s introduces our Chef Special program at The Village, designed to create unique dishes in our in- store kitchen, using ingredients from Ukrop’s departments.
1999 Ukrop’s celebrates a Delicious Decade of offering Ukrop’s Kitchen items with a recipe file that grew from ten in 1989 to over 100 recipes in 1999. With the 10th anniversary, we re-energize the line with new recipes and new packaging.
2001 Ukrop’s Bakery celebrates its 25th birthday.
2002 The first Deli Kiosk is introduced at our Harbour Pointe store to increase the convenience of purchasing deli products.
Ukrop’s Kitchen Combos are introduced.
Precut and prepackaged watermelon strips are now available in all stores.
2004 Ukrop’s Kitchen introduces Delicious By Design – A Nutritious Option for Today, targeting key wellness differentiators for this line of products.
Chef’s Special program is available in 16 stores.
Ukrop’s Southlake and Westmoreland Bakeries are consolidated into one at the Westmoreland location.
2005 Ukrop’s develops kitchen soup menu to include soups for hot soup program, as well as sold packaged and chilled.
Ukrop’s introduces Bigger Bird Rotisserie for a Better Rotisserie Program.
The first Decorated Cake Kiosk is introduced, enabling customers to customize and order cakes by touch-screen.
2006 Ukrop’s changes to “trans-fat free” oils for its Fried Chicken Program.
2005 Mrs. Marshall’s is purchased and Potato Salad and Cole Slaw continue to be produced to the same recipe.
2010 Ukrop’s Retail stores are sold and Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods is founded to focus on bakery and kitchen business.
2010 Good Meadow Homemades brand is developed and launched with a line of sandwiches and green salads.
2011 Good Meadow bakery items, entrees, and side salads are sold across Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina in Kroger Stores.
2013 White House Rolls distribution expands to Kroger, The Fresh Market, Libbie Market and reaches the milestone of being sold in 30 states (and the District of Columbia.)
2013 Catering by Ukrop’s is formed to directly support businesses, organizations, and individuals.
2013 Expanded pie and cornbread offerings with Harris Teeter.
2013 Mrs. Marshall’s line is expanded to seven items.
2013 Tarts, White House Rolls, Buttermilk Biscuits and seasonal Pies sold to Ahold Divisions.
2014 Cake Kiosk is re-launched including build-your-own cakes.
2014 White House Rolls, Rainbow Cookies, Butterstar Cookies, and Pound Cakes begin to be sold on Amazon.com
2014 White House Rolls and Cornbread are sold at Military Commissaries for the first time.
2015 Good Meadow Homemades fresh bakery launch in 29 Kroger stores in Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Charlottesville, VA