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About Crozet Market

Crozet Market is a locally-owned, independently-operated grocery store, deli, and butchery in Albemarle County.

The grocery store first opened its doors in 1947 under the name "Red Front Stores." The store affiliated with IGA (the Independent Grocers Association) in 1967 and became "Crozet Great Valu," part of SuperValu stores, in 1997. In 2016, owner and operator Jean Wagner retired and sold the store to several locals: Crozet Shopping Center owners Mark Green and Kurt Wassenaar, and Raphael Strumlauf, owner of Market Street Market in downtown Charlottesville.


While Crozet Market went through several iterations before settling as it exists today, one trait has remained constant all these years: a true dedication to customer service. Whether it's the produce manager who jokes with you as he points out the season's best local tomatoes or the bagger who helps you pile groceries into your car on a rainy afternoon, true customer service shines through with every visit to Crozet Market. After all, we think it's the customers that make this business truly special.

In the Papers


“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 want to thank the community and employees for many years of faithful support. I will miss all of you and know you will give the new owners the same loyal support as they carry on our tradition.” said Ms. Wagner. “You have been like family to me, and I’m grateful to have found local business people that care about Crozet and the future of our store.”


“Since Great Valu sold a few weeks ago, small and not-so-small changes have been taking place... Perhaps my favorite – near the suggestion box is the Great Valu timeline and the already-submitted suggestions.

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