The original opening date was Sunday, October 10 but Washington Redskins traffic is priority around here. FedEx Field is about a mile or two down the Beltway on the opposite side of Wegmans. Can you imagine being stuck in traffic for a Redskins game and a Wegmans grand opening on a Sunday? That wouldn’t be fun.
Landover complex also to include Costco, Best Buy, J.C. Penney
by Lindsey Robbins
As Wegmans prepares to open in Landover in October, the upscale grocery chain faces the challenge of breaking into a new market historically dominated by the likes of Giant Food and Safeway.
The 130,000-square-foot store, including a café with seating for more than 300, will be the anchor of the 705,227-square-foot Woodmore Towne Center, which is being developed by Petrie Ross Ventures of Annapolis. The center also is expected to include a Costco, Best Buy, J.C. Penney and Timothy Dean’s Prime Steakhouse.
This will be the second Wegmans in the state, following one that opened five years ago in Hunt Valley. Others are expected soon in Frederick and Montgomery County.
The Hunt Valley store’s sales totaled $80.90 million in fiscal 2010, according to a study by Food World, a trade publication in Columbia, down from $81.70 million in 2009.
More than 5,000 people have applied for jobs at Wegmans, which began hiring in April and plans to employ 650, said Ayana Douglas, Landover store manager. About half of the current hires are from the area, while the others were brought in by Wegmans. The Rochester, N.Y., company plans to spend $1.5 million on six-month training courses for its workers.
I’m looking forward to the new Costco too.
Wegmans will be joining Giant, Safeway, Shoppers and Food Lion when it comes to grocery stores in the Largo/Mitchellville/Upper Marlboro area. Right now I do most of my grocery shopping at Giant and I will be adding Wegmans to my grocery shopping trips.
If you want to see the progress that’s been made for Wegmans from 2008 to the present click this link to the Petrie Ross Ventures site. Then on the right column click the Progress Gallery box.