The Washington Post has an article about why Wegmans is the best supermarket in the United States. Wegmans is opening a new store in Brooklyn in 2017 and some folks are wondering what is the big deal with Wegmans.
Wegmans, the Rochester-based supermarket known for its fresh produce, reasonable prices, and happy employees, is moving to Brooklyn. And people are thrilled. News of the new store, which will open in 2017, and, in line with Wegmans’ strategy, will be enormous, has fired off all sorts of excitement.
But it has also raised questions, particularly from those unfamiliar with the brand and its allure. What is the deal with Wegmans? Why do people who know it seem to love it so? And is it really this grocery oasis in what increasingly feels like a desert of mediocre or at least interchangeable supermarket options?
I poked around a bit, because I was one of those people who knew little about the chain and why it’s so beloved. And you know what? I am now convinced. Wegmans really does seem to be a step ahead of, well, everyone else in the business. There are good reasons why year after year, Consumer Reports rates it as the number one grocery store in the country. Really good reasons.
We got a new Wegmans in my neck of the woods (Prince Georges County, Maryland) back in 2010.
I’ve been a regular Wegmans shopper ever since. I use to do my grocery shopping at Giant Food before Wegmans came along. I still go to Giant once in a while but when I go there I’m reminded of why I love Wegmans better. I’m always stuck in a very long line at Giant. They only have 2 lines open if you’re not in the express lane. At Wegmans there are plenty of non-express lines available. My wait isn’t as long as it is in Giant.
The Wegmans in my neighborhood is huge. Call me crazy but I love large size grocery stores. It’s like you’re going on a sight-seeing tour. I know, I’m strange 😉
Let’s talk about the produce area. It’s huge. A produce wonderland. Apples, spinach, onions, greens, pears, grapes, pomegranates, etc. You name it, they have it.
Then there is the seafood section. Love it. There fish isn’t cheap but it’s good. There’s the weight gaining bakery area. You can gain a few pounds just by looking at all the muffins, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, pies, etc.
There’s also the hot food bars including Indian food, Chinese food, all kinds of chicken wings and a vegetarian hot bar.
I find the prices at Wegmans a little cheaper than Giant and much cheaper than Safeway. Safeway is more expensive than Giant. Overall I just love shopping at Wegmans. Especially on Monday mornings. Hardly anyone in there so it’s like you have the store to yourself. I find it too crowded on Sunday afternoon. It’s a madhouse during that time.
Hope the folks in Brooklyn enjoy their new Wegmans when it opens in a couple of years. Shopping at Wegmans is definitely an adventure.
The new Wegmans at the Woodmore Towne Centre in Glenarden/Lanham/Largo/Mitchellville/Upper Marlboro (did I forget one?) finally opened yesterday morning.
I wasn’t one of the 1,500 people who were there by the 7:00am opening. I got there around 9:15am. Getting there wasn’t a problem. The police were directing traffic at the intersection of St. Joseph’s Drive and Route 202 (Landover Road). But once you got into the shopping center there were plenty of cars and the Wegmans parking lot is huge. Thankfully they had the police and other folks directing traffic within the shopping center as well. While driving I noticed that the Costco gas station was open. Costco opens tomorrow.
The first chore was trying to find a parking space. After driving around I finally found one. The second chore was trying to find a big shopping cart cause I had some serious grocery shopping to do 🙂 They had several types of shopping carts and the one I was looking for was difficult to find. That’s how busy they were. I finally followed an employee who was putting a cart back.
I usually do my grocery shopping at Giant on Saturdays but since Wegmans was opening I decided to wait until yesterday. Once I got in, OMG I was in awe. Wegmans is huge. And of course it was so crowded you really had to maneuver your shopping cart around so you wouldn’t run into other shoppers. I was a very patient person since I got there early and took my time getting around the store. I tried to go down as many aisles as I could but that was somewhat difficult due to the crowds. I did notice that the produce area was one of the most crowded. But I made my way through so I could buy my greens 😉 They had regular and organic greens.
The Food Bar areas were even more crowded than the grocery area. The Food Bar areas include the Asian Bar, Vegetarian Bar, Fresh Food Bar, Veggie Bar, places that sell pizza, subs, sushi and coffee, the prepared food area and the Market Café. I did try out the Asian food bar and the food was very good.
There were quite a number of grocery items I bought that were cheaper than the prices at Giant. Uh oh!!! I was glad to see that they had a variety of brands including name brands and Wegmans brand. Overall I really enjoyed my shopping adventure even if it was extremely crowded. I was there for over an hour. I’m hoping that next time I go there which will probably be this Saturday it won’t be as crowded as opening day. That way I can really take my time, go down every single aisle and check out the areas that I missed out on yesterday including the Seafood area. I’m gonna try my best to stay away from the bakery area but that might be a difficult task 😉
The Woodmore Wegmans is located at 9001 McHugh Drive in Lanham, Maryland. If you’re taking the Beltway take Exit 17A to Landover Road (Route 202 East). You will make a left at the first light which is St. Josephs Drive.
While reading my Sunday paper (yes I still read the print edition) I noticed on the back page of the Arts & Style section that the new Wegmans has a huge full page advertisement.
The advertisement mentions that there are five more weeks until the grand opening on October 24. There’s also a link to a page about the grand opening containing several videos including a welcome to Wegmans video from the Wegmans Woodmore manager Ayana Douglas and a contest you can enter to win a $25 gift card. You can also sign up to receive the free shoppers card.
Seeing the address had me wondering? Since when did that area off Route 202 become Lanham 😉
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.
The new Wegmans at the Woodmore Towne Centre in Glenarden, which is located off Route 202, is hiring.
LANHAM, MD – With the Wegmans Food Markets signature clock tower now visible east of Exit 17A on the Capitol Beltway, the Rochester-based supermarket chain is seeking full-time employees to staff the new store, now under construction at the Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden. Area residents are invited to take advantage of a streamlined on-line job application process at http://www.wegmans.com. Click on “Careers” to find the link for Woodmore.
“We’re looking for all kinds of people,” says Ayana Douglas, store manager of the new Wegmans Woodmore. “Experience in the grocery business isn’t the most important thing. If applicants bring a passion for food and for people, we’ll provide the training needed for success.”
The new 135,000 square-foot supermarket will open in October 2010 and will employ about 600 people, 550 of whom will be hired locally. Full-time jobs available now include customer service, entry-level management, cashier, pharmacy and a wide range of culinary positions. Hiring for part-time jobs will begin in July 2010.
Career information sessions detailing employment opportunities will be held at the store’s hiring office throughout the month of February. Applicants may call 1-877-WEGMANS (press Option 2) or 301-636-6347, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., to speak with a representative.
“One of the things I love most about working for Wegmans is the hands-on education and career possibilities it has afforded me,” says Douglas, a 14-year Wegmans’ veteran who has managed various store locations since 2001. “Whether you’re looking to build a career or just have a solid job, this is one great place to work.”
Check out the Welcome to Wegmans page which features the manager of the Woodmore store, Ayana Douglas. The new Wegmans is slated to open in October 2010.
Things are looking up when it comes to the new Wegmans at Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden. According to the Washington Business Journal Wegmans has signed a lease for a 122,000 square foot office and warehouse building in Largo, Maryland.
Wegmans takes office space in Maryland
Washington Business Journal
by Tierney Plumb
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is taking office space at 9475 Lottsford Road in Largo to support the grocer’s planned location in Prince George’s County.
In 2006 the Rochester, N.Y.-based supermarket chain announced plans to build a store at the Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden. It is slated to open in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Wegmans signed a 4,673-square-foot lease at the 122,000-square-foot office and warehouse building, which is 88 percent leased.
The space will function as an employment office, so that when the company starts to hire for the store those prospects would come in for interviews. Some training will also be held there before the store opens.
Looks like the new Wegmans won’t open until late next year.
Finally!!!!! Last month I blogged about waiting for Wegmans and when will construction start. Well today while checking out the Prince Georges County Gazette I found my answer. Ground was broken last week and construction will begin on Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden in the next two weeks. It’s about time.
Officials break ground on Woodmore Towne Centre
by Natalie McGill
Ground was broken last week on a $500 million, 245-acre mixed-use development in Glenarden that is expected to create thousands of new jobs.
Terry Richardson, executive vice president of Petrie-Ross Ventures, a partner in the project, said construction will begin on Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden within two weeks. The development will feature 2 million square feet of retail, including a Wegmans supermarket, Costco and Best Buy, and will bring in more than 6,000 new jobs, he said.
Elected officials including County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and County Councilwoman Andrea Harrison (D-Dist. 5) of Springdale attended a groundbreaking ceremony behind Largo’s St. Joseph Catholic Church near one of the center’s three planned entrances, St. Joseph’s Drive. The project is a combined effort of Greenberg Gibbons Commercial, Hovnanian Land Investment Group and Petrie-Ross, and is expected to be complete by spring 2010.
Johnson said he was excited that Annapolis-based Petrie-Ross, which also developed Largo Commons and the Centre at Forestville, chose Prince George’s County once again for its development. Petrie-Ross Chairman Walt Petrie said the retail operations at the center are expected to bring in $30 million a year in sales tax revenue.
The high-end retail is a highlight, Glenarden Mayor Gail Parker Carter said — particularly Wegmans.
‘‘It’s new to the area, first of all; secondly, it’s upscale,” Carter said. ‘‘I just think the citizens are happy that something of this level is coming to Glenarden.”
Richardson said Petrie-Ross will build 1 million square feet of office space and 800,000 square feet of retail space, while K. Hovnanian Homes will build 1,000 residential units, including single-family homes, townhomes and apartments. Richardson said there will be $10 million in road improvements, including widening Route 202 and St. Joseph’s Lane and adding turn lanes.
Business partners Kareem Abdus-Salaam and Bill Youngblood of Woodmore Hospitality Management will develop and manage two chain hotels, which Salaam declined to name because details are still being worked out. Salaam did say one will be a full-service hotel with a conference center and the second will be limited-service, meaning it will not have extra amenities like a conference center.
Salaam said the opportunity to ‘‘live, work and play at one place” drew him to the project.
‘‘It gives you a central place, a sense of identity in Prince George’s County,” Salaam said.
You can read the entire article here.
I knew about Costco but I didn’t know that they’re gonna build a Best Buy. I’m curious to know what other stores will be at the new Woodmore Towne Centre.
Wegmans is suppose to be coming to the Glenarden/Upper Marlboro area sometime next year. But have they started breaking ground yet?
Last year Wegmans ran into a small roadblock when some idiot decided to file an appeal to delay plans for the new Woodmore Towne Centre. His appeal was rejected thank goodness.
Woodmore Project Approved
Council Rejects Opposition; Towne Centre to Get Underway Soon
By Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post Staff Writer
The Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden will proceed as planned, despite an effort by a Hyattsville man to stop construction of the project.
The Prince George’s County Council voted 8 to 0 this week to approve a detailed site plan for digging up roads and laying water and sewer lines. This allows the project’s developer to move forward and start construction before the end of the year.
The council also rejected an appeal by Anthony Perez, a member of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400. The appeal would have delayed plans for the center, which will have a nonunion Wegmans supermarket.
Perez’s appeal raised questions about traffic surrounding the development, on 245 acres at Interstate 495 and Route 202.
“We’re very pleased,” said Terry Richardson of Petrie Ventures, the project’s developer. “This removes what could have been an obstacle to our groundbreaking.”
Richardson said the company plans to break ground for Woodmore Towne Centre this fall and open in spring 2009. He said he expects both of the center’s anchor stores, Wegmans and Costco, to be ready for business by the opening.
Arthur Turner, a community activist, alleged that Perez used traffic “as a ruse” to stop the nonunion Wegmans from being a part of the development. Turner said he was “saddened” that residents and county leaders were fighting to get what other communities already have: upscale retailers.
More than 200 people sent letters to council members in a last-minute attempt to thwart Perez’s effort.
Mary Ann White, who attended this week’s hearing, said she has looked forward to Woodmore Towne Centre and Wegmans.
“It’s going to enhance the county, the Landover area,” White said. “We’ve been without for so long. We’ve had storefronts. And aside from the Boulevard [at the Capital Centre], we have to go all the way to Bowie for a restaurant.”
The council was sitting as the District Council, which hears zoning matters. It not only rejected Perez’s appeal but also voted to permit the developer to construct a large temporary sign off the Capital Beltway to advertise the development.
Council member Tony Knotts (D-Temple Hills) raised questions about the aesthetics of a 45-by-17-foot sign sitting 61 feet in the air. He compared it to the Ikea sign that sits 70 feet in the air off the Beltway in northern Prince George’s.
The council decided to allow the sign for 12 months.
This article came out last September, yet I haven’t heard anything about construction starting on the new towne centre. Other folks I’ve talked to haven’t seen anything going on in that area. So what’s up? Are we still getting a Wegmans and Costco? Or has the recession or as our prez calls it, an economic slowdown, affected the new Woodmore Towne Centre being built. Inquiring minds wanna know :-()