RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Ukrop’s has opened their first “Market Hall” a location where customers can dine on Ukrop’s foods or get carryout. The dining location is at 7250 Patterson Avenue.

This new location is opening in what used to be a church building. Ukrop’s renovated the sanctuary space of Bon Air Baptist Church to house all five of the new food stations.

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On Tuesday for the grand opening hundreds of people lined up to get inside and buy their favorite Ukrop’s treats.

Bobby Ukrop, the CEO and Chairman of Ukrop’s, said he hopes this new market hall “fosters a sense of kindness and joy and genuine fellowship here where this can be an uplifting experience.”

“This isn’t a grocery store. The market hall is a place that features the best of Ukrop’s,” he said.

In 2019, the Henrico County’s planning commission and the Board of Supervisors gave the Central Virginia-based food manufacturer the green light for the hall.

The five food stations are Market Table, Dot’s Pastry Shop, Carryout Catering, the Icebox and the Balcony. People will be able to a variety of things such as, made-to-order specialty cakes, fried chicken, potato wedges, pies, pizza and prepacked salads, entrees and sides.

All of those foods can be eaten inside at socially distanced tables or in their outdoor dining area.

Ukrop’s food hall is open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. (Photo: 8News Tyler Thrasher)

Market Manager Jim Madures says “It’s always a pleasure to serve you,” in our market. “Our associates are looking forward to providing the community a place to enjoy fresh and delicious foods and superior customer service.”

Just like at their former grocery store locations, Ukrop’s costumers can join a loyalty program to learn more about specials and discounts.

Doors officially opened at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Around 4 p.m., the lines were even longer than they were when the doors opened nearly 5 hours prior — with people waiting in line for nearly and hour and a half.

For many people, waiting in line is worth every second it takes to get that mouthwatering chicken like the good ol’ days — and brings “some good news to 2020.”

Joseph Sanders and his daughter, Savannah waited in line for an hour to get inside the building.

“It smells just the exact same… Smells the very exact same. I’m super excited to get it,” Sanders said.

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