As the Washington, DC retail market continues to heat up, Wegmans Food Markets has thrown its hat into the ring. The retailer has announced the debut of its first ever DC store, planting a 80,000-square-foot location in the Fannie Mae building on Wisconsin Avenue NW.
“We are excited to be a part of the redevelopment of this distinct site,” stated Ralph Uttaro, SVP of Real Estate for the retailer, according to Bisnow. “The District of Columbia is an ideal market for us, and we look forward to serving new customers and offering a unique shopping experience there.”
Wegmans will not be entering the historic building until after Fannie Mae is scheduled to move out late next year, according to the Washington Post. Richard Lake, Partner for Roadside Development and one of the facilitators for the move, told the source this will likely mean Wegmans wont open its doors until 2021 or 2022.
“Wegmans is a decisive win for our city,” said DC Mayor Muriel Bowser in a statement. “Going forward, we will continue to forge strong public-private partnerships like this one that benefit DC residents and families and help us spread inclusive prosperity throughout all eight wards.”
Based in Rochester, NY, Wegmans has been steadily moving into the surrounding Maryland and Virginia markets. This move into DC is part of that same expansion in the Northeast, but now, this puts the retailer head to head with a few of its biggest rivals. Over the past year or so, Lidl, Aldi, and Harris Teeter have all marked DC as an area of interest, with Lidl even choosing nearby Arlington, VA, as the home of its U.S. headquarters.
As retailers contine to funnel into DC and competition heats up, Deli Market News will update you with the latest.