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The Tentacle


June 13, 2011

On Wegmans

Michael Kurtianyk

So, have you been to Wegmans yet? If you haven’t, then you have missed quite a bit, actually.

 

Tell me first though: why is it that you haven’t been there? Is it because you are waiting until the crowds die down? Okay, that’s fine. You don’t have to go on Opening Day, or even in its opening week, but you can safely go now.

 

Are you holding out because you think that maybe Wegmans is too expensive? Well, if you’re a discriminating shopper, then you already know where to find the best deals anyway.

 

Or, are you like the person who told me: “I am never going. What’s wrong with Giant Eagle, or Weis, or Safeway? This is just a more expensive store.” That’s fine, but you are missing out on an experience. Specifically, the customer service experience is what sets Wegmans apart from the others. Wegmans not only has the widest variety of products, but their employees will do their best to make sure that you leave Wegmans with everything you need.

 

My family went on Opening Day. For us, coming from upstate New York, this was truly an event. Yes, we were some of the approximately 20,000 people who were there that day, though we didn’t camp out the night before as some did. We went there in the early afternoon, and had lunch. This was the area that was the most packed.

 

The Wegmans store, if you count the indoor and outdoor area, seats around 300 people, and we sat outside, though it was a bit warm. People wanted to experience the sushi bar, the deli, the seafood area, variety of pizzas, etc. Once we left this area, and went to the grocery aisles, there were fewer people.

 

Wegmans is a family-owned supermarket chain which began in Rochester, NY, in 1916. There are 77 stores spread out over five states, and the store in Frederick is the fourth in Maryland. Maybe Urbana can get one next after the Bel Air store opens later this year. It is also consistently in the Fortune 500 list of best companies to work for in America, something parents are reminding their high schoolers as they look for summer jobs.

 

I urge you to go to the Wegmans supermarket. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter. It’s here to stay.

 

Michael.kurtianyk@gmail.com

 



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