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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.
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Last week, we learned that Whole Foods is planning to open a cheaper chain of stores, targeting millennials and vying to compete with other affordable stores like Trader Joes. And today, the internet is abuzz with the news that a Wegmans grocery store is coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yards. This northeast chain is popular for its huge selection of prepared foods, discount wine, and combination of BOTH traditional grocery store items and organic products a la Whole Foods. With all of these new options that aren’t going to use up your “whole paycheck” in the pipeline, what do you foresee for the future of Whole Foods in New York?
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