Soon after Valentine’s, food stores foster romance

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post on Thursday morning tagged the Wegmans in Lanham, Md. — a suburb of Washington — as "Club Wegmans," the latest hot spot to meet singles.

And it’s not just singles. According to the article, “Singles hook up in front of bins of fresh produce; couples gather for dates in the grocery store's sit-down restaurant; and shoppers sway to music from overhead speakers, singing along with Prince, Luther Vandross and Teena Marie.”

It is testimony to the evolution for grocery retailing, the Post concluded; today’s supermarkets need to serve as community centers in addition to providing a one-stop-shopping solution. Both the new Wegmans and a nearby “Social Safeway” sport lounges.

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