The following is from Wegmans, which plans to open its Newton supermarket April 27:
Wegmans Food Markets today announced the leadership team responsible for opening and managing the second Wegmans store in Massachusetts located on Route 9 in Chestnut Hill. The team consists of the store manager, chef, pharmacy manager, and area managers, who each oversee multiple departments in the store. The team has a combined total of approximately 77 years experience as part of the Wegmans family.
The Chestnut Hill Wegmans is an approximately 80,000 square-foot supermarket that includes a second-level 10,500 square-foot shop offering a variety of wine, beer and spirits. Wegmans Chestnut Hill will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, April 27 and will open its wine, beer and spirits shop to the public on Saturday, March 29. Today the store launched www.wegmans.com/chestnuthill which will have store details, including hours and directions as well as blog posts by the leadership team.
“The Chestnut Hill store’s leadership team is one that we are confident will deliver incredible customer service to the people of Greater Boston who choose to shop with us once our store opens on April 27,” said Marybeth Stewart, Human Resources Manager of Wegmans’ New England Division. “Anyone interested in learning more about how they can begin a career at Wegmans should visit www.wegmans.com/careers for more information.”
Rich Boscia, Store Manager
Boscia, a Grafton resident, joined the Wegmans family in 2001 as the merchandising area manager for a new Wegmans store in New Jersey. He was later promoted to perishable area manager, overseeing fresh food departments, and he held that position in two New Jersey stores. Boscia moved to Massachusetts in 2009 to help open Wegmans’ first Massachusetts location in Northborough later that year. He held the position of perishable area manager in Northborough, and in 2012, he was named Chestnut Hill store manager. In that role, Boscia’s primary responsibility will be to ensure the success and happiness of his employees. He will also oversee the productivity of each of the store’s departments.
Kari Naegler, Store Chef
Naegler, who resides in Dorchester, started her career with Wegmans in 2009 at a Pittsford New York store, the hub of Wegmans’ research and development, as a team leader in Prepared Foods. Since then, she has helped to develop the Hot Veggie Bar program and created the first Veggie Market in the company. Shortly thereafter she became the opening Sous Chef for the Northborough Store, and is now the Store Chef of the Chestnut Hill location. She will oversee all of Prepared Foods which includes sushi, food bars, pizza, sandwich shop, coffee and culinary development.
Todd Drickel, Perishable Area Manager
Drickel has been employed by Wegmans since 1992 and has held the various positions of front end manager, produce manager, pharmacy manager and service manager. As the perishable area manager for Chestnut Hill, Drickel will oversee product quality, sales, merchandising, employee growth, development and performance, while ensuring the perishable departments (bakery, seafood, meat, cheese, etc.) and the store as a whole operate efficiently and profitably. Drickel, who resides in Milford, will fulfill customer needs by ensuring that the finest perishable products are available and that Wegmansis always helping customers make great meals easy.
Jeff Kuczynski, Service Area Manager
Kuczynski joined the Wegmans family in 1997 and since then has held a variety of positions, including frozen foods team leader, front end manager and seafood manager. In Kuczynski’s role as the service area manager, he will be tasked with overseeing all service departments (front end, service desk, maintenance, etc.) and developing a team of employees to be ambassadors of incredible service. The service area manager also oversees all community partnerships. Kuczynski resides in Framingham.
Ed Swantek, Merchandising Area Manager
In 1996, Swantek began his journey at Wegmans, working his way up from management intern, to seafood manager, to bakery manager. Now a Marlborough resident and merchandising area manager for Chestnut Hill, Swantek will oversee all merchandising departments, including grocery, general merchandise, liquor, etc., and will partner with the other areas of the store to ensure products are well-merchandised and available for customers.
Robert Goris-Kolb, Pharmacy Area Manager
Robert Goris-Kolb, PharmD, MBA graduated from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and joined the Chestnut Hill team in 2012. As pharmacy manager, Goris-Kolb will oversee all aspects of the pharmacy department to ensure customers are being provided with the service and offerings they need to live a healthy life. Such services include health and wellness consultations, auto-refill, immunizations and competitively low prices on select generic prescriptions. Goris-Kolb lives in Boston.