Wegmans makes North Carolina debut
After years in the making, Wegmans Food Markets’ inaugural North Carolina store opened at 7 a.m. on Sept. 29 at 1200 Wake Towne Drive in Raleigh. Plans to bring the well-loved grocer to The Tar Heel State were revealed back in 2016.
The store’s opening was eagerly anticipated by local residents: According to Store Manager Hallie Johnston, as of Sept. 24, more than 24,000 Raleigh shoppers had signed up to join the Wegmans Shoppers Club via the store’s website and app.
According to a press report, the 104,000-square-foot store — Wegmans’ 100th overall — employs 475 people.
Along with more than 4,000 organic choices offered throughout the store, the location offers a range of restaurant foods prepared by Executive Chef Rob Santiago and his culinary staff of 120.
The grocer will also begin offering grocery pickup and delivery from the Raleigh store starting Oct. 2.
Plans are afoot for five more Wegmans stores in the Raleigh-Durham area. Other future sites include Cary, Chapel Hill and Wake Forest.
The company is additionally gearing up to open its first-ever New York City store, in the borough of Brooklyn, on Oct. 27.