A shocking report out this week has uncovered new evidence claiming that Ellwood Thompson’s is named after the intersecting streets at the organic-food store’s geographical location, and not a guy.

If proven, the study authored by the Virginia Department of Signage and Trade could reverse a decades-old theory held by many Richmond residents, who believed the store – known for its locally-grown produce  – was named after some dude, or maybe even two dudes.

In the report’s survey of nearly 1,347 area adults, 85 percent believed the store was “named after the owner,” while roughly 15 percent of respondents said it was “named after a man, or maybe two men, using their last names.”  No one interviewed in the report considered that the Richmond-based grocer could be named after the corner on which it is located, the VDST study said.

The department, however, revealed what it calls “the truth about Ellwood Thompson’s” after noticing two street signs near the store, one of which said “Ellwood Ave.” and the other, “S. Thompson St.”  After that, the report said, “putting two and two together was pretty simple.”

Shoppers yesterday were surprised by the findings.

“I’ve been coming here for years, and I never even realized the place was at the corner of Ellwood and Thompson,” said Angelique Davis, picking up a dozen eggs made by cage-free hens, which are filled with more folic and Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins A and E and beta carotene than are found in factory-farmed hens.  “I just figured Mr. Thompson founded the place or something, but yeah, I guess that makes sense.”

The store’s name should become clearer, the report said, when Ellwood Thompson’s opens a second location at the DC USA retail complex in Washington and changes its name there to 14th Park Irving’s.

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