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Restaurant Depot opening on Brook Road

A food wholesaler that caters to independent restaurants and food service businesses will open this month in the former Kroger store in the Northpark shopping center at the intersection of Parham and Brook Roads at I-95.

New York-based Restaurant Depot is planning to open at the site Feb. 27.

The company operates cash-and-carry stores that are designed specifically for independently owned restaurants, catering companies and other food-oriented businesses and nonprofits, according to Ray Mallin, the branch manager of the company's Alexandria location.

Restaurant Depot is not open to the public. Businesses interested in shopping at the location must meet membership criteria, though memberships are free.

The Henrico location will be managed by Tom Fruchter and is expected to employ about 40 people, Mallin said. The company has filled most of its employee openings but is still interviewing candidates for the remaining spots, he said.

The company has nearly 100 stores in 27 states, including Virginia. This will be its third Virginia store but first in Central Virginia.

"Richmond is a thriving area, and we feel that it's going to do well for us," Mallin said. "There are a number of independently owned restaurants there."

Company officials already have visited most of the independently owned restaurants and catering services in the region, Mallin said, to make them aware of Restaurant Depot's arrival. In addition to selling food and beverages, the company also sells equipment and supplies.

"Service and value sets us apart," Mallin said.

The company's new home in Henrico has been vacant more than a year, since Kroger closed its location there Nov. 18, 2011.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

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