Wegmans Food Markets debuted its 98th store earlier this week on Sunday, September 23, further strengthening its position in the Northeast grocery market. The new store, a 120,000-square-foot property at the corner of Harrisburg Pike and Route 30 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, drew crowd sizes of mammoth proportions to this highly-anticipated location.
According to local news source Lancaster Online, the 7 a.m. opening drew a crowd of close to 2,000—with some prospective shoppers waiting in line for hours to be the first inside.
“We’re all here for the same reason: our customers,” said Store Manager Jimmy Bellis, in a press release anticipating Sunday’s opening. “Our aim is to make food shopping a pleasure. We can’t wait for the doors to open at 7 a.m. on Sunday. Shoppers from this area have been traveling to Downingtown and Harrisburg to shop at our stores for a very long time…That’s part of what makes this opening so special for us. We felt welcome here before the first shovel was in the ground.”
The Lancaster store employs a team of 475, all of whom worked these past few months to prepare for the store’s opening.
The store features three innovative firsts for the Pennsylvania market, including:
The store focuses on organic choices and features more than 4,000 organic items. And the company noted that Executive Chef Keith Briggs and his group of 100 culinarians at the new store have been ready to bring Wegmans’ latest innovations starting day one.
The company also noted that Lancaster-area shoppers can now enjoy everything Wegmans is known for—including an extensive selection from various departments, including seafood, meat, deli, bakery, a cheese shop, beer, wine, and more.
For more, read Wegmans press release in its entirety, here.