Maryland Welcomes New Wegmans

By Chris Gordon
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 4:16 PM EDT
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Chris Gordon

A Wegmans opening in Lanham, Md., creates hundreds of jobs.

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Prince George's County is getting a Wegmans store to make other shoppers jealous.

The new Wegmans joins Costco and Best Buy at the new Woodmore Town Center just off the Beltway at Landover Road in Lanham, Md.

“I used to go all the way to Woodbridge to shop at Wegmans," Prince George's County resident William Kelly said. "I’m so glad its opening here. It’s better than taking the trip all the way to Woodbridge.”

“Prince George’s County clearly was an under-served market," said Jo Natale, of Wegmans. "We needed a location large enough for our store with plenty of parking, a dense population. We need the store in a good location because people drive long distances to shop at Wegmans and it has to be easy to find us.”

One of the features that makes this Wegmans different is a full-service restaurant called the Food Bar. The market café has 300 seats inside and 70 outside. It also has an executive chef to help customers plan their meals.

“All day long we cook fresh items," Chef Joe Serock said. "Basically, we put together a meal for people who don’t have the time or don’t want to take the time to go home and cook.”

Wegmans provides a high-end shopping experience, but what about their prices?

“We’ll teach you that we are not an expensive option, we are an affordable option," said Ayana Douglas, the new store's manager. "We have products that are high quality and high value. You’ll be able to comparison shop, and I’ll let our customers make a decision as to whether or not we’re expensive.”

Wegmans hired and trained 650 people to staff the new store, and 600 of them are local. Crews are still paving the parking lot and getting ready for Sunday’s grand opening.


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