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UPDATED: Wegmans Announces Plans for a Newton Store

The popular New York supermarket chain is making its way to Chestnut Hill Square.

Updated 3:40 p.m. with more information from Wegmans media relations.

Is Newton ready to go

The popular supermarket chain announced today it will be a part of the in Newton, the former Omni Foods site. According to a press release, Wegmans will be unveiling a new, smaller urban concept store that spans 70,000 sq. ft.

"Though smaller in size, this store will have almost everything customers have come to expect from Wegmans, including a Market Café,” Bill Congdon, vice president and New England division manager, said in the press release. "We are thrilled with the success of our Northborough store, which broke every previous grand opening record set by our company."

When Wegmans came to Northborough in October, for the opening of the supermarket. 

According to Jo Natale, director of media relations for Wegmans, the company was drawn to the Chestnut Hill site for a number of reasons, including population density.

"It’s a great location, an exciting project and it has great proximity to Boston," Natale said. 

In addition to the Chestnut Hill and Northborough stores, Natale noted that Wegmans plans to open two other Massachusetts in Burlington and Westwood. 

As for the Chestnut Hill store, Natale said the Wegmans signed off on the deal last week. There is no estimate on the opening date yet, as the design plans for the "urban"-style store are yet not finalized.

A full copy of the press release is below:


Wegmans Announces Plans to Build Store in Newton, MA 

Rochester, NY - Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has announced that it will be part of the Chestnut Hill Square development on Route 9 (Boylston Street), directly across from The Mall at Chestnut Hill in Newton, Massachusetts.  Wegmans will be unveiling a new, smaller urban concept at this location, where it will build a 70,000 sq. ft. food store.

“Though smaller in size, this store will have almost everything customers have come to expect from Wegmans, including a Market Café,” says Bill Congdon, vice president and New England division manager.  “We are thrilled with the success of our Northborough store, which broke every previous grand opening record set by our company.” 

Since opening in October, Congdon reports that Wegmans has added 25 full- and part-time positions at the Northborough store and is looking to hire 40 to 45 more employees.  Available positions are posted on Wegmans web site.  Those interested must apply on-line at wegmans.com.

“We’re delighted that Wegmans will be part of our Chestnut Hill Square development”, said Douglass Karp, Executive Vice President of New England Development.  “We’ve always wanted to have a grocery store as part of this development – a sentiment that has been expressed both by Newton residents and by prospective retailers. Wegmans, with its emphasis on customer service, quality, value pricing, and community outreach, is the ideal grocery store for this location.”

Chestnut Hill Square, which in addition to Wegmans, will feature fashionable specialty shops, restaurants, the Equinox fitness club, medical offices and luxury residences, is a project of New England Development, who is also the developer for the Northborough Crossing project where Wegmans opened its first New England store earlier this year.  

Design plans for the new concept store are not yet finalized, nor has a construction schedule or opening date been determined, according to Congdon.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 79-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator.  Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for fourteen consecutive years.  In 2011, Wegmans ranked #3 on the list.

 

Melanie Graham (Editor) December 05, 2011 at 08:14 PM
LOTS of excitement from people on Twitter. What do you think about the Wegmans announcement?
Adam Sell December 05, 2011 at 09:01 PM
This sucks. It sucks a lot. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against Wegman's, my only experience with one was positive. But I'm a motorist who uses route 9 regularly, and putting the Church of Wegman in this plaza is going to paralyze traffic as far back as 128 and probably further. Traffic in that stretch is already a hot mess, and now it'll be a hot bloody mess. Not to mention that because the cult of Wegman's is so strong, motorists and pedestrians and police will be forced to contend with people who aren't familiar with the vagaries of route 9 in Chestnut Hill. How many fender-benders should we anticipate involving people who panic when they need to make a U-turn and a left turn across traffic just to head west on 9? The only thing that works out well in this is all the money Newton cops will get for traffic/parking details after the inevitable shitshow on opening weekend forces the city to implement the measure. Oh, and the fines from people who get pulled over cause the intersection bites and people don't understand how to navigate it. Bad move, Newton. There's a reason Wegman's is usually *way* out of the way.
Matt DeJohn December 05, 2011 at 10:22 PM
growing up in Rochester, NY I missed Wegman's when I moved to Boston. This is the best news ever! Best grocery chain HANDS DOWN!
Mellincoly December 05, 2011 at 10:35 PM
My husband works at Shaws in Chestnut Hill, so this is not happy news.
Aaron B December 05, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Good concerns, Adam Sell. I am looking forward to the Wegmans planned for Burlington, but not looking forward to the several weeks of traffic it is likely to bring. I'm thankful I know the back roads in the area and usually don't need to go right past it.
Fran S December 06, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Totally happy to have Wegmans coming to Newton! I miss it from Syracuse NY days!
Robert C Gray December 06, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Three Cheers - Been waiting the better part of 30 years for them to take on New England. The Ithaca, NY store is always a destination when we visit friends and relatives there.
Bill F. December 06, 2011 at 03:32 AM
I lived in upstate NY for 10 years and loved Wegman's...great service, awesome selection and low prices...I recently visited the Northboro store and prices were much lower than Shaw's. This is going to be a great addition to the City of Newton.
Margaret Albright December 06, 2011 at 11:52 AM
As an out-of-stater, I've always been disappointed in the quality of Boston area grocery stores. I'll be glad to have Wegman's and hope that Stop & Shop and Shaws will now have to improve their quality - about time.
Marcy December 07, 2011 at 05:30 PM
I love Wegmans (came to know the supermarket because I have family in Pennsylvania) & am so happy that they did well in Northborough and are coming to Newton. I really hope to see them expand further in the next year or two into northern massachusetts. Their prepared meals, deli choices, and bakery items are so amazing! There store also offers a good variety of basic grocery products.
Sherman December 08, 2011 at 01:20 AM
How on earth has Newton allowed a behemoth to be placed on Boylston Street, one of the busiest thoroughfares in eastern Massachusetts. The backup eastbound in the AM goes to Brookline Village and back to 128; westbound is just a parking lot 24/7. What were they thinking... or do they just want the taxes they will be collecting with no regard for the consequences
Kevin Carlisle September 04, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Kevin Growing up in Kenmore- Ny I loved shopping there. I now live in Roslindale-Ma and cant wait for the opening. The best meats- fruit etc. It will blow you away @the quality on every level.

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