Our Story

We’re a small, locally owned and independently operated local and organic foods market located in our beloved city of Richmond, Virginia.

We’re a tight-knit community with a love for providing you with healthy and organic food. Our goods are brought to you by local farmers and producers who focus on natural means of growing and producing. Everyone we work with holds the Ellwood Thompson’s mission close: To feed the heart and soul of our community through a strong commitment to local and organic foods.

Our employees and partners are all dedicated to maintaining healthy lifestyles. Ones where sourcing local products, tending gardens, recycling, composting, volunteering, and staying environmentally friendly are all a part of everyday routines. We proudly live this life and invite you to come in and partake in the freshness and the fun! We have a commitment to our community – a commitment to you. Our aim is to bring you the very best that RVA has to offer.

How Ellwood Met Thompson

The history behind our local and organic foods market is proudly rooted in Richmond, Virginia, a beautiful city surrounded by local and organic foods.

Rick Hood and Eric Walters opened City Market in 1989. It was a small, 3,000 square foot community market located near the intersection of Patterson and Libbie Avenues. Complete with a small takeout deli, the market provided hungry Richmonders with convenient access to local and organic produce and products.

Four years later, City Market made the move to Carytown in search of a larger space. Anica, the 12-year-old daughter of a market employee, is actually responsible for giving the grocery store its name. While many may think that the store is named after a “Mr. Ellwood Thompson,” it’s actually named after the intersection where the store is located. In 1993, the store opened on the corner of Ellwood Ave and Thompson St., and this is how Ellwood met Thompson.

After some time, Eric Walters decided to move on to new interests, making Rick Hood the sole owner of Ellwood Thompson’s. Rick was more thank happy to step in and continue running the market. He is deeply committed to Ellwood’s mission of bringing you fresh local food, engaging in the community, and being environmentally friendly.

Since its move to Carytown, the market has continued to grow, recently stretching to 20,000 square feet and over 150 employees in order to provide more products to the Richmond, Virginia community. Among other things, Ellwood Thompson’s is happy to now provide you with a full-service meat and seafood department, in-house bakery, coffee and juice bar, a made-to-order food station called CREATE and a dining/event space called The Beet.

Richmond, Virginia is our home and you are our community. Since day one, we have worked tirelessly to provide you with organic and natural foods and goods that keep you healthy, happy and coming back for more.

In 2015, Ellwood’s acquired 3540 Floyd Avenue. The building has become the headquarters to Ellwood’s core staff and a training center for new and current stewards. In 2017, we restored this mid-century modern building preserving its historic integrity.

This is a natural fit for Ellwood’s because of the building’s history of health and wellness. The Higgins Medical Office building was home to physicians William Higgins and son William Higgins Jr. since the mid-1950s. Doctors John Ashworth and Richard Gergoudis practiced here in later years. Health and wellness are core values at Ellwood’s. From the foods we serve to the educational classes we offer, health for our community is rooted deep in everything we do.

We are excited and honored to be able to renovate and restore the integrity to this iconic mid-century modern building. Too often these days you see companies tearing down buildings to rebuild. These new structures lack history and are not built with the same quality materials. Preserving the history of this unique building will allow future generations to enjoy the architecture and take a peak back in history. We value sustainable development and believe that it must be place-oriented. A sense of place is essential to giving sustainable development meaning and value.