Tweet of the Day: Wegmans Opening in June

Hi, Josh! Our Frederick, Maryland store will open during June although an exact date has not been determined yet.

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29 thoughts on “Tweet of the Day: Wegmans Opening in June

    • Clearly not a foodie 🙂 I love big big grocery stores with lots of specialty departments. Right now the Giant Eagle on W.Patrick is the only thing close to what many of us are looking for in a grocery store. It’s okay but still not quite there. If it wasn’t such a long drive I’d be going to the Whole Foods in the Fairlakes shopping center in Fairfax.

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      • If you don’t mind me asking, why that particular Whole Foods? What makes it different from the other Whole Foods that are closer; is it bigger? (I haven’t been to the one at Fairlakes, so that’s why I’m curious.)

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      • The one in Fairlakes has several buffets of both cold and hot foods, a seafood bar with seating that sells meals, wines, and beers on tap, a sushi bar with seating, food service areas that sell pizzas; food bars that sell cooked pork and other meats, hot and ready to go; made to order calzones, coffee bar, delis for sandwiches other deli things, and then the seafood market, meat market, big wine and beer selections, large bakery and a big table and chairs area to take any food you buy if you’d like to sit and eat it there. I’ve probably forgotten some of the other departments. We lived in Alexandria and it was easily worth the 40 minute drive up the Parkway. We did have a Whole Foods much closer, but nowhere near as big. Nearby is a nice REI, Target, and other shopping.

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  1. Will the Frederick Wegmans have a wine shop? My guess is “no”, as other MD grocery stores do not sell beer and wine, but then for example the Balducci’s in Bethesda DOES sell wine, so I don’t really understand what the state laws are…

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    • I have to admit I miss that about living in Virginia. I could grocery shop and grab a bottle or two of wine to go with dinner all in the same store. Often Giant had the cheapest wine prices over any of the chain wine shops (Total Wine is a huge chain down there). Had that capability in every state we’ve lived in (CA, AZ, CO, FL, OR, SC) except Georgia, Massachusetts, and here.

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      • I heard that the wine place across from FMH is opening a high-end wine and liquor store next door to Wegmans. Also, the Market Cafe signs went up as well on the outside of the store…

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    • They might. In Pennsylvania you can’t sell alcohol in grocery stores, but somehow the Wegmans from my home town can sell it in the area where the food bars and such are. You just can’t take it to the grocery part of the store.

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  2. … and that quickly, Wegman’s has responded! But bad news:

    “@joshmend Hi, Josh! We do not have a liquor license for the Frederick store.”

    (Now I’m not sure if they meant they will not seek one, or have not yet gotten one.)

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  3. Boo to the no beer! The Leesburg store has a GREAT selection and the prices are also worth the trip! Funny how gas stations in MD can sell beer though……..

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    • Will our Wegman’s have a wonderful pub like the one on their website? Do they all have that? Or does that come under the MD puritanical “no alcohol in the grocery stores” absurdity?

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  4. The Wegmans in Leesburg has one of the nicest grocery store wine selections I’ve ever seen. Almost worth an occasional trip for that alone, so it’s too bad we can’t get wine in our Frederick store. Still looking forward to its opening, though- boy they take their sweet time, it’s been years in the making and the building looks done from the outside.

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  5. This is a side issue to the Wegman’s discussion, but reading the comments here reminded me once again of how convenient it would be to pick up beer/wine at the grocery store without having to make another stop. The MD law on this matter is indeed an absurdity. I’m probably not as well informed as I should be, but I still wonder how I failed to hear about a change to a law at the state level that would ban beer/wine sales in grocery stores (which I assume took place years ago; a little research would satisfy my curiosity). A trivial matter in the big scheme of things, but it still irks me.

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    • You can buy beer/wine in the Shoppers Food Warehouse in Germantown. That is the closest thing to a Virginia grocery store beer/wine experience. They were cheaper than all the mom/pop beer/wine stores in Germantown.

      I know this has nothing to do with the Wegman’s note but if you want cheap beer or wine 🙂

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  6. There’s nothing new about the law preventing groceries from selling wine and beer. Here’s some info on Maryland’s 3-tier liquor distribution system:
    http://www.marylandwine.com/mwa/laws/threetiers.shtml

    Specifically, note: “In Maryland, retail alcohol licensees cannot have stores more than 10,000 square feet, and can only operate in one location (i.e., no chain stores may hold a liquor license).”

    That’s why we have no “Total Beverage” megastores — they have to be small independent shops. I would think someone would do killer business with a high-end wine shop next to Wegman’s. Still not one-stop shopping, but close.

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    • Except they are not independent, at least not in MoCo. Yes, some delis and such can sell beer and wine, but mostly they are county stores. The county holds a complete vertical monopoly. Places like finewine are exceptions. MoCo is only interested in maintaing its monopoly.

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  7. The liquor rules vary county by county. Frederick County law requires that any corporation applying for a license must have an officer of the company resident in Frederick for at least 2 years before and then for the duration of the license. This is obviously never going to happen with any big grocery or drug store chain. Probably other counties have similar rules. Re Shoppers Food Warehouse, apparently there were a few groceries and other big stores grandfathered in when the law went into effect (whenever that was). Here’s the Frederick County law if anyone’s interested:
    http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/documents/Liquor%20Board/LIQUOR%20REGS%20W%20NEW%20ADDRESS.PDF

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    • Thx. for the research, Jennifer; I’ve been too lazy. All the stipulations and grandfatherings in the rules sure seem crazy to me, or at least very arbitrary.

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