Another Wegmans Update

Robin Santangelo asked Wegmans about the progress of the new store coming to Frederick and they responded:

Thanks for the interest! Right now we’re still building the store. We hope to have our grand opening in the Spring of 2011.

I drive by the construction site just about everyday and it looks to be humming along. They already have the skeleton of one of the buildings up. It’s crazy to think we’ve been talking about this for 4 years.

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58 thoughts on “Another Wegmans Update

  1. Well, according to an article in the FNP a few days ago, they just now awarded the contract for the construction of the buildings. I was very surprised to already see the steel structure up yesterday. But very happy!! Can’t wait!!

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  2. I *can* wait for the added traffic this is going to create. Already enough problems with Hayward Rd and this is just going to add fuel. But still, it’s worth it for a Wegman’s.

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  3. After years of having to watch Wegman’s tractor-trailers traveling 270 on their way to other stores, it sure will be nice to get our own!

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  4. Screw Wegman’s. We need a Trader Joe’s in the unoccupied building where the new downtown Frederick Farmer’s Market is held. Also a downtown gym, shooting range, “massage” parlor, and jai lai court would be nice as well.

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    • Screw you…Wegmans is the best and it’s nice to see them finally come to Frederick. They have a beautiful store and sell everything from a to z. Plus they seem to have the lowest prices! My brother used to play professionally in Bridgeport and Milford CT and it’s called Jai Alai.

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      • What kind of loser responds angrily at 2:44 in the morning to an obviously jestful post? The kind of loser that no one wants to be around.

        I was smart enough to get the humor, I am in Frederick.

        Tell us more about your brother, James. I’m so fascinated. While you’re at in what kind of things does Wegman’s sell that a hundred other stores around here do not? Hover boards? Wasabi flavored horchata mix? Invisibility cloaks? Enlighten us. I will check back at 3 a.m. for your response. Also please correct any spelling mistakes I might have made.

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    • Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I see nothing wrong with progress, just wish that they would send some of the progress and growth back over to the once Golden Mile, there are a lot of people who STILL travel that route everday.

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  5. A word about “too much traffic” – having lived in 11 states (three of them more than once and in different places in them) I have observed this about “too much traffic.” I have lived in and near places that had no traffic problems. They also had NO shopping, dining, things to do, boarded up down towns, and very high unemployment. It required 20 – 30 miles of driving to get to a place that did have the amenities (sometimes across state lines) – and of course that place got all of the revenues and tax monies from sales. The places we have lived with the “traffic problems” had lots of shopping, dining, things to do, vibrant down towns, and low unemployment. Yes, it’s a huge chore to keep up with the infrastructure as a place grows and thrives. But the alternative is stagnation and eventually death to the area if it doesn’t grow. Traffic to me has also been a sign of prosperity and lots of choices and I’m willing to put up with it rather than some dead/dying/stagnant place that is frightened to death of changes and growth and would rather roll up the welcome mat and withdraw into some misguided sense of “comfort” and “smart growth” (which pretty much always translates to “no growth” in the end). Maybe this should be a letter to the editor………

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    • You make some good points, Gypsy. In today’s world, most of us face a tradeoff between prosperity (and jobs) and lots of amenities (with associated traffic) versus stagnation with fewer jobs and fewer amenities (generating less traffic). Maybe there’s another tradeoff that can be considered, too–living in a still-rural area with minimal traffic and a laid-back lifestyle—but facing a numbing, time-consuming commute to the areas with the job opportunities. Not to mention planning a whole day around making that 100+ mile excursion to the closest Wegman’s or Trader Joes or to do some shopping at Macy’s or Costco.
      While thoughts along the line of “I’m fed up with this traffic and want out!” have run through my mind, I also have to level with myself about how much I’d miss the convenience and amenities offered by this vibrant, bustling area. Plus I still need my job!

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      • Okay, I sent my opinion on to the FNP today – your turn! There are people out there that need to know that many of us don’t want to see a “no growth” policy.

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  6. Gypsy,

    That is an EXCELLENT letter. Please do send it as a letter to the editor. It deserves to be published so that more can read it. I could not agree more. Well done.

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    • After seeing the excellent letter in today’s paper from Seymour Stern I decided to send along my opinion as well. So it has gone to the FNP as a letter to the editor. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  7. I’m pretty sure it’s in that new center being built across from FSK Mall, behind Panera Bread, where Pargo’s used to be. Now if we could get a Chili’s and a Fuddrucker’s. I know, some people are never happy! We’ll be very happy with Red Robin!

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  8. Gypsy, they were suppose to put it in the outer mall parking lot, the corner of Spectrum and Holiday. But if they are planning a November opening I cannot see how that is possible.

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    • They didn’t say where it would be – I just asked when it would open. Those new shops look like they’d be the right location and style, but they usually are a stand-alone restaurant, so that’s probably not it. Many restaurant companies of construction crews that do nothing but build for them and can throw up a new building very fast because that’s all they ever do. It’s only mid-July. Our house is new construction. The ground wasn’t even broken til mid-July last year and it was completely finished and the sale settled before Thanksgiving. And they were building other homes at the same time. So it is possible.

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  9. If you talk smack about Wegman’s, you obviously have no idea what this little piece of heaven is…giant eagle, giant, weis, safeway should take notes from this store. Freshest ingredients around by far, period.

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    • Several of the ladies in my hiking group are very eager to see Wegman’s open! We all agree —once it’s open we’re done with the other stores. Good food is something we’ll spend the money on and cut expenses somewhere else.

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      • A nice spin-off from the Wegman’s opening is the fact that Giant Eagle and probably other stores are under pressure to make improvements.

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  10. The store is coming along well. My brother is currently working inside the Wegman’s doing all the specialty flooring. He will be home next week when the job is done. So I am assuming probably another month and the store will be ready for the public. He says the construction is going well and they seem to be ahead of schedule for the most part.

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  11. Wow…I took a ride by the new Wegmans in Frederick today and I couldn’t believe how much is done, the store exterior really looks nice. I spoke with someone from Wegmans corporate offices and I was told the store was scheduled to open in June 2011. I can’t wait as I have often driven to the Wegmans in VA. I am curious what the other grocery chains (Giant, Giant Eagle, Superfresh, Safeway) will do once Wegmans opens? I know they will be hurting for customers once people realize what a great store Wegmans is. Wait until you check out their bakery, nothing compares to the selection they offer…makes other grocery store bakeries look like a joke!

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    • I’m also excited about Wegmans’ opening, though I’ve never actually been to one. Everything sounds extra wonderful, but…I find myself wondering about their prices. Those of you who are Wegmans veterans: How does Wegmans generally compare to other grocery stores in a given area? I realize you get what you pay for, and I’m not looking for a discount shopping experience. Just trying to get a better idea of what to expect…..

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      • Wegmans is very competitive when it comes to prices…for example…I like Wunderbar Bologna at the deli, price at Giant on sale $3.49 pound, Weis $3.99 pound, Wegmans $1.99 pound. Wegmans bonless, skinless chicken breasts $1.79 pound. Roasting chicken $0.88 pound. Wegmans solid white tuna $0.99 can. Strip steaks $5.99 pound. Now these are just a few examples. Check out their flyer online at wegmans.com and check out their prices. Another thing I have noticed is their store brand is very good! The qualtity is as good and sometimes better the name brands and I am normally a name brand guy. Now you can end up spending a lot of money at Wegmans because they have a lot of great departments like their bakery, cheese shop, deli, prepared foods, asian food bar, pizza shop, sandwich shop, etc…..all very good! You will also notice how friendly and helpful the employees are…I think it has something to do with it being a family run business. I am pretty confident that once you shop at Wegmans you will stay with Wegmans, no other store comes close.
        ps- I do not work or have any stock in Wegmans 🙂

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      • There was a survey done a few years ago to compare grocery prices in the area (by Washington Consumer Checkbook, I think) that was written about in the Washington Post. At that time, Wegmans was rated as the least expensive chain in the region, even ahead of Shopper’s. Let’s hope that their price level hasn’t changed too much since then.

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  12. This all sounds great…except the June opening. I was hoping since maybe they are ahead of schedule, it would open before then. Oh well, better to only have to wait a few months. i cannot wait. At that point i will be doing all my shopping in Frederick, as all the box stores (e.g., bed bath beyond, Costco) are waaaaaay better up there than down in the Germantown/Gaithersburg area.

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    • Sam, I’m with you. I live in Damascus-Germ. area but have long done all my big box shopping in Frederick. The parking lot at the Gaith. Costco is truly a nightmarish experience, almost as bad as the checkout lines. One fine day Wegman’s will open at Germ. but I suspect it will be overrun, too.

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  13. A friend and I went down to the Wegmans in Leesburg today. Spent more than 2 hours in that store. We agreed that it’s the best grocery store that we have ever been in – and that includes the massive Whole Foods in Fairfax. We’ve both lived in several other states. Our only wish is that our store could have the wine/beer selection. Prices on beer/wine were incredibly low, selection was HUGE. Putting a liquor store next to our Wegmans won’t make it the same – unless they don’t charge anymore than Wegmans would, and we all know that’s not going to happen. I may continue to go to Leesburg periodically just to stock up on the wines. The price difference per bottle makes it well worth the trip.

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    • Sure. My friend buys Kendall Jackson Chardonnay and pays about $12/bottle. She got it at Wegmans for $9.97. I pay $10/bottle for Cupcake Vineyards wines – at Wegmans I got them for $7 -$8. Korbel Brut Champagne, usually $12/bottle – $9.97 at Wegmans. All Yellow Tail wines for $7/bottle. Alamos wines for $8/bottle. Santa Margarita Pino Grigiot, anywhere from $22 – $25/bottle – $18 at Wegmans. I buy Nobilo and Brancott (New Zealand) Sauvignon Blancs and usually have to pay $10 – $12/bottle. Got both labels at Wegmans for $9. The wine department is extensive. They even have a wall of locked display cases for the stuff that ranges from $100 – $999 bottle. And they give you the wine bottle totes for free to carry it all home. Beers are from microbreweries all over the US as well as the best ales and stouts from England and around Europe. I didn’t look at the prices on the beers, but the selection was mind-boggling – in 6 packs and single bottles. They also have ice wines from Canada and Europe, ports from Portugal, and many champagnes. I usually shop at the liquor store on Yellow Springs Road – I’ll be saving my trips up for the Leesburg Wegmans now when it comes to wine and beer, and buy just the harder stuff locally.

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      • Sounds like those wine prices are about the same as the Costco in Leesburg (off the 15 by-pass just before the Outlet Mall). Beer selection at Costco is extremely limited, but really like their Kirkland brand Microbrews for $18 per case. Not really worth the trip just for that (unless you’re loading up on wine).

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  14. In February, Wegmans announced that they were freezing the prices of 40 of their products in the face of rising commodity prices. My family has shopped at their stores in PA for the past 20 years and they still retain a new appearance. The rosemary rolls from their bakery make me drool just thinking about them. I’m single and find that they will sell me a single carrot and slice of cheese, if requested. How many other stores will do that? My father used to take a fish into their café and ask them to cook it for him if he purchased other items for the meal. Incredible! They are consistently on the list of the top 5 companies to work for in the US. It’s no wonder since they treat the customers in a friendly manner and provide scholarships to employees. I’ve been driving to the stores in Hunt Valley and Dulles for the past 5 years. Ah, Wegmans….

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    • It’s just too bad–and a little surprising to me–that more grocery businesses haven’t seen fit to adopt the customer-friendly practices and attitude that have made Wegman’s such a success. In other words, take a look at how Wegman’s does all that and still manages to keep prices low.

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  15. They’re renowned for how well they treat their employees, which is impressive considering they are non-union. I know that tweaks some people, but you can’t argue with price and results.

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  16. NOW…….since I live in Hagerstown, which also was once a nice place to live, NOW, well not so nice….we ALL can guess why……….So, how about considering put a Wegmans up here in Hagerstown, the old (empty) County Market store would be a Perfect place for it, and there is plenty of parking.

    Tks.

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    • I am thrilled that Weg. is opening a store nearby – I live in Hagerstown, originally from Philadelphia- moved 14 years ago and still recovering- a culture shock moving here – Wegs is a tremendous store with a tremendous attitude all about the customer and their products are above reproach – excellent service and a great attitude – they just get better and better –

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      • I’ve lived next to many mega cities – San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta, Portland, Phoenix, Montreal, Berlin……I LOVE Frederick. No culture shock whatsoever. We’re close enough to DC for major performers, sports, plays, operas, symphonies, ballets. If you miss Philly so much we’re 3 hours away? Maybe not even that far. We’re extraordinarily fortunate to live here – a slower pace but still so much in the way of shopping and the arts, and if you want more, DC is only 45 minutes away.

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  17. I can’t wait for the GRAND OPENING on June 5!!!!!!!!! Counting the days…May 20…May 21…I can’t wait! I love you, Wegmans! Go Wegmans!
    ❤ ❤

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  18. Well, this review is my own opinion, of course. I’m sure I will not be alone with my feelings. But, I really don’t get too excited about the mega-markets. Actually, my first visit to a Wegman’s was today 6-18-11. I am impressed with the extent that they have invested in aesthetics. However, as a shopper, beware of the overhype. I want selection, friendly staff, cleanliness and mostly deep discount prices. I don’t need a dozen types of one organic thing, or massive fish on ice. I simply wanted certain products, or the smaller sizes of something canned. Wegman’s let me down and I had to go to my regular store to find some products, and others I couldn’t find in the sizes I need. Compared to my Giant Eagle, Wegman’s prices were about the same, ….but actually more on some items. I thought competition was about undercutting the other stores, not adding more to your grocery bill. Hello? I was ready for an alternative to the same old thing.
    As for a friendly staff, they seemed about as nice as my regular shopping place—no extra effort noticed to seem appreciative in my business. As for cleanliness, the floor seemed okay, things are neat and organized. The one thing I did notice is some bakery staff handling goods without wearing plastic gloves. I’m not saying this does not happen other places, but it was a surprise to see after they invested so much in looks and size of the location.
    In short, Wegman’s is a fine store!!!! But, if you really want LESS FRILLS and BETTER SAVINGS in these HARD economic times, I would stick with Giant Eagle. I really think they are unmatched in many ways (certain product selection), ….especially the FUEL PERKS PROGRAM.” All my spending at Giant Eagle earns free gas!
    ——-James, a Happy Giant Eagle shopper! 🙂

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    • You aren’t getting anything for “free.” Nothing like that is ever free. How delusional. Giant Eagle is making up the “gas perks” in their grocery prices. Somebody is going to pay for the gas stations, the gas station employees, and the gas and it isn’t going to be Giant Eagle. I was a loyal shopper there only because they had the bigger stores of the other chains, but not anymore. I’ll stay with Wegmans. I will occasionally run into Bloom’s but only because it’s about 1 1/2 miles from my house and only when I need something right away. I can shop at the commissary at Ft. Detrick, but won’t be going there anymore, either. Wegmans is cheaper on the majority of items that I buy.

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