Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. confirmed that the family-owned supermarket chain plans to build two stores in the suburbs of Richmond, VA. The stores will be similar in size and design to Wegmans’ current Virginia stores, which range in size from 120,000 to 140,000 square feet.
“Over the years, we have had countless requests to open a Wegmans store in the Richmond area, so we are delighted to finally announce that we’re headed there,” said Ralph Uttaro, Wegmans’ senior vice president of real estate. “We look forward to the day when we can welcome customers to our stores and deliver on our promise of incredible customer service, the best ingredients, restaurant-quality prepared foods, and consistent low prices.”
Wegmans will anchor the planned Stonehenge Village Shopping Center, which will also include additional retail space. This site is located on Midlothian Turnpike, just east of Farnham Drive, and is 0.8 miles west of the Chesterfield Town Center Mall and approximately 10 miles southwest of downtown Richmond. Marchetti Properties is the developer for this project.
NV Retail will seek approval to build a food market in West Broad Marketplace, a large retail development on West Broad Street near North Gayton Road that will be anchored by Wegmans and Cabela’s. The site is located 0.6 miles west of the Short Pump Mall and approximately 13 miles northwest of downtown Richmond.
Each of Wegmans’ Richmond-area stores is expected to employ 550 to 600 people in full- and part-time positions.
According to Wegmans officials, a construction timeline and projected opening date for each store won’t be determined until all necessary approvals are in place. The two sites are approximately 11 miles apart. The next closest Wegmans (from the prospective Short Pump prospective site) is located in Fredericksburg, VA (approximately 60 miles away). Wegmans also plans to build a new unit in Charlottesville (I-64 and Fifth Street) which is approximately 57 miles away.
Currently, the Rochester, NY based retailer operates six stores in the Old Dominion: Dulles, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Lake Manassas, Leesburg and Potomac.
Last month, Wegmans opened its 84th unit, a smaller (80,000 square feet) “fresh” prototype store in Chestnut Hill, MA. Other new stores currently slated to be opened are located in: Burlington, MA (2014); Westwood, MA (2015); Alexandria, VA (2015); Charlottesville, VA; Concordville, PA; Hanover Township, NJ; Montvale, NJ; and Owings Mills, MD. The latter five stores have not yet been given grand opening dates.