The beloved Wegmans supermarket chain will open its first New York City location on October 27th. As previously reported, the 74,000 square foot grocery store will be located in Brooklyn on Flushing Avenue in the Admirals Row development of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (RIP Admirals Row.)
Rochester-based Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. currently has 99 supermarkets across the Eastern seaboard: In New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family owned and operated company has been in business for 103 years, and was recently ranked number one for “corporate reputation” according to the 2019 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study. The forthcoming Brooklyn location will not only offer more than 60,000 different food products (including 300 varieties of imported and domestic cheese), but also hundreds of jobs for local New Yorkers.
The company plans on hiring 500 new employees—roughly 150 full-time and 350 part-time—for various positions including prep cook, line cook, and customer service. “Although the opening is still several months away, new employees begin in-depth training soon after they’re hired so that they’re knowledgeable and fully prepared to deliver incredible customer service,” said Store Manager Kevin Cuff, a 21-year Wegmans employee. “Wegmans has a long-standing reputation as an exceptional employer, with tremendous opportunity for career growth and development.” New hires will be placed in departments all around the store: from the sushi section, to the bakery, to the deli counter.
Wegmans Brooklyn will also feature a second-floor mezzanine bar which will serve food, wine, beer, and cocktails. This will exist above the cornucopia of offerings Wegmans is known for, like prepared foods and fresh seafood.
And yes, certain people seem to be as pumped as they were when this was first announced three years ago:
Important Brooklyn Wegmans questions: Should I buy a car to get there? Or will the ferry be better? Will there be VIP access? Will there be a toy subway track instead of choo-choo trains by the candy area? Will there be a sub sandwich counter?
— Melanie Grayce West (@MWestWSJ) May 1, 2019
Me when I found out the official date Brooklyn Wegmans is opening but no one at work would care pic.twitter.com/zU8hF01fA9
— 🔤 (@swimmrgirll) May 1, 2019
Another reason to love Wegmans! https://t.co/g0P37SYebb
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 23, 2019