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Wegmans sets opening date for New York City location

BY Marianne Wilson

Wegmans Food Markets is getting closer to making its New York City debut.

The Rochester, N.Y.-based, family-owned grocer will open a 74,000-sq.-ft. location in the Admirals Row development of Brooklyn – formerly the Brooklyn Navy Yard – on Oct. 27.

Wegmans Brooklyn will feature more than 60,000 products, including an extensive restaurant-quality prepared foods department, more than 4,000 organic products, fresh seafood delivered whole and cut to order daily, hundreds of produce items and 300 varieties of imported and domestic cheese. The store will also include a second-floor mezzanine with a bar, serving food and wine, beer and spirits.

Recruitment for 150 full-time employees began in January and is ongoing. In addition, Wegmans is now hiring and training for 350 part-time positions.

“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,” noted store manager Kevin Cuff, a 21-year employee who started with the company as a part-time parking lot attendant. “Wegmans has a long-standing reputation as an exceptional employer, with tremendous opportunity for career growth and development.”

Wegmans operates 99 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts.

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