By Dawn Klavon
Todos Neighborhood Market has found a new home.
The grocer, which caters to Hispanics and expanded to serve an international clientele, will move to a new expanded location at 16593 River Ridge Boulevard, just off Route 1 in the South Bridge section of Woodbridge.
“We want to be welcoming to all the people who live in our community,” said Todos owner and CEO Carlos Castro.
The 65,000 square foot store will be the second Todos location in Woodbridge. A Todos store located in the Dumfries Shopping Plaza, about three miles south of the new location, was sold.
“Through the years – 32 of them – we have learned to understand the needs of our community and try to fulfill them,” Castro said. “Because of our size, we have been able to accommodate most of our neighbors, and they seem to be pleased when they come in.”
The new store’s look and feel will be different from the Dumfries store and its flagship store in Marumsco Plaza in Woodbridge. Castro says the new, large River Oaks location will offer better features than competitors, and a wider variety of products.
“You will find lower prices, fresh meat and worldwide variety,” Castro said.
Todos’ new location will also house a cafe, which has proven popular at the Marumsco Plaza store. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Castro said the cafe will offer a little mix of everything, but mostly Salvadorian food, noting he is originally from El Salvador.
“In our new store, we’re waiting and will see,” Castro said. “We want to accommodate other cultures, but we’re starting with Latino food, we’re starting with food from scratch, with fresh vegetables, meats and seafood.”
Todos’ first location in Woodbridge opened in 1990 in a 2,500 square-foot location. Originally in the construction field, Castro opened the store to cater to an unmet need in the community for Latino foods. He quickly learned to be a problem solver as his business grew. In the early years, he considered getting out of the grocery business, but now his company is flourishing.
“I think the main thing I hear from people is that it’s a one stop shop,” Castro said. “That has been our trademark; accommodate the community and make sure they are happy shopping in our place.”
Todos Supermarket location at 16593 River Ridge Blvd., Woodbridge, 703.221.1675, Open 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon-Cutting will be held March 16 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Dawn Klavon is a contributing writer for Prince William Living.