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Everyone rejoice! East Coast foodie favorite Wegmans is finally coming our way, inking a deal to open its first ever NYC location in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The New York Times reports that the supermarket giant will take up a whopping 74,000 square feet, anchoring the new shopping complex slated to replace Admiral’s Row. Wegmans beat out three other proposals vying to enter the scene but was ultimately chosen because of the lack of affordable grocers in the area, and the store’s commitment to bring 600 jobs to the area, 200 of which will be full-time—double what other proposals promised to deliver.
Wegmans can be found upstate, throughout New Jersey and overall boasts 85 stores across the mid-Atlantic and New England. The store also has one of the best reputations of any American company (it made Forbes list of top 10 employers in the country) and has developed a cult-like following that’s inspired “fan websites, hashtags, T-shirts, even a high school musical about a couple who finds love in the aisles,” says the Times.
The store will be the smallest of the chain, but still bigger than Brooklyn’s two other massive, pricier markets: Red Hook’s Fairway and Gowanus’s Whole Foods.
Never been to one? 6sqft writer Alyssa Alimurung sums it up for us: “It’s like Whole Foods but cheaper and nicer; more prepped food options sandwich bar, soup bar, sushi bar, cafe, a buffet…”
The store is being developed by Steiner Studios and has an opening date of 2017 penned in.
[Via New York Times]
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