Colleen Wegman named president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

ROCHESTER, NY, 2017-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Danny Wegman announced that his daughter, Colleen Wegman, has been named president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., and he will assume the title of chairman.

“I will continue in my role, but now as chairman of the company,” said Danny Wegman. “The time has come to create a structure for the future that will allow us to remain strong, vibrant and family-owned. I have no doubt that our company will be in good hands.”

Colleen Wegman joined Wegmans in 1991 and was named president in 2005 by the late Robert B. Wegman, her grandfather.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

Press Contact:

Jo Natale
Vice President of Media Relations
585-429-3627

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Colleen Wegman named president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

 

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Wegmans named to the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the 20th Year in a Row

Wegmans named to the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the 20th Year in a Row

Wegmans also named one of 12 ‘Great Place to Work Legends™’

Rochester, NY, 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans has been named to the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, this year ranking #2, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  Wegmans is one of 12 companies that have appeared on the list for all 20 years, and as such has also been designated one of the ‘Great Place to Work Legends™.’

The list is based on employee ratings of their workplace culture, including the level of trust they feel towards leaders, the pride they take in their jobs and the camaraderie they experience with co-workers.

Danny Wegman, CEO, and son of the late Robert Wegman, chairman, repeated what his dad said in 1998 when he learned the company was named to the inaugural 100 Best list: “Nothing could mean more to me than having our people say that Wegmans is a great place to work. That’s what my dad said then, and it’s true for our family today. It’s our belief that we are a great place to work because we help our customers, our communities, and we help one another.”

In 2016, Wegmans was also ranked by Great Place to Work® and Fortune as a best workplace for Diversity, Women, and Millennials, and was #1 on the list of Best Workplaces in Retail.

“Congratulations to the 2017 100 Best,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “These leading companies are at the vanguard of a new business frontier, where organizations know they have to develop the full human potential of all their employees. They are working to build Great Places to Work For All, which are better for business, better for people and better for the world.”

Cake Celebration at Wegmans
Customers and employees will celebrate the honor on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. when cake will be served at every Wegmans store. For customers who prefer a healthy option instead of cake, mini apples will be offered.

About Wegmans:
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

About The Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For®
To identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, each year Fortune partners with Great Place to Work to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. The ranking is based on feedback from more than 232,000 employees at Great Place to Work–Certified™ companies with more than 1,000 employees.

Winning a spot on this list indicates the company has distinguished itself from peers by creating a great place to work for employees – measured and ranked through our analysis of the results of our Trust Index© survey and Culture Audit© questionnaire.

Through the Trust Index©, employees anonymously assess their workplace, including the honesty and quality of communication by managers, degree of support for employees’ personal and professional lives and the authenticity of relationships with colleagues. Results from the survey are highly reliable, having a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of 5% or less. Companies’ results on the Trust Index© survey are compared to peer organizations of like size and complexity. The Culture Audit© includes detailed questions about benefits, programs and practices.

To be considered for our Best Workplaces lists, companies must become Great Place to Work-Certified™. Details are available at https://www.greatplacetowork.com/certification

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and a series of Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists, including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industries. Great Place to Work® provides executive advisory and culture consulting services to businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in over 50 countries across six continents.

SOURCE: Wegmans Food Markets

Press Contact:

Jo Natale
Vice President of Media Relations
585-429-3627

Evelyn Carter
Consumer Affairs Manager (Syracuse media only)
315-546-1110

Michele Mehaffy
Consumer Affairs Manager (Buffalo media only)
716-685-8170

Wegmans supports the first exhibition designed for the learning needs of children 6 and under at the National Museum of American History

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-6-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open “Wegmans Wonderplace” Dec. 9 as the first exhibition on the National Mall designed for the learning needs of children 6 and under. Made possible by a $1.5 million gift and in-kind donations from Wegmans Food Markets, this space will allow curious kids to “cook” in a kitchen inspired by Julia Child’s; plant and harvest pretend vegetables and run the farm stand; find the owls hiding in a miniature replica of the Smithsonian’s Castle building; and captain a tugboat based on a model in the museum’s collection.

The museum named its early learning space “Wonderplace” for its mission to cultivate a sense of wonder and imagination. This 1,700-square-foot gallery will be part of the new Innovation Wing and will provide the youngest historians with age-appropriate activities over the next 20 years.

“We know that play is an integral part of sparking invention and innovation, and ‘Wegmans Wonderplace’ will ignite that innate curiosity in children and help guide them on a path to lifetime learning at the Smithsonian,” said John Gray, director of the museum.

Wegmans is also supporting the museum’s new demonstration kitchen in the Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza. Part of the museum’s Food History Project, the kitchen will host a diverse menu of programs and demonstrations that bring visitors together for relevant discussions that start with history and expand to the present and future of American food. Programming will begin July 3 with the launch of a weekly series of cooking demonstrations. Known as “Food Fridays,” these events will showcase a guest chef and a Smithsonian staff host as they make a dish, talk about the traditions in preparing and eating that dish, and explore a related theme in American food history.

Wegmans is stocking the kitchen pantry every week with fresh produce and will provide culinary experts for demonstrations once each month. On July 10, Wegmans’ Executive Chef Llewellyn Correia will showcase summer grilling with a spotlight on vegetables. The Wegmans “Food Friday” schedule is Aug. 14, Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and Nov. 6. Special holiday-themed demonstrations will take place on the stage Dec. 9 to coincide with the grand opening celebration of “Wonderplace.”

“Wegmans’ mission is to help our customers live healthier, better lives, and that begins with children,” said Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman. “Having fun through play is the best way to inspire children to learn.” According to the company, the opening of ‘Wegmans Wonderplace’ at the end of this year will also help to usher in Wegmans’ 100th Anniversary in 2016.

“Wegmans Wonderplace” will feature six sections each with hands-on, play-based interdisciplinary activities. The sections include: the Farm, the Kitchen, the Port, the Construction Site, the Gallery and the Smithsonian Castle. Each area combines artifact displays with fun hands-on activities to engage young children and their families. Activities such as the 12 different kinds of blocks in the Construction Site will help promote creativity and advance motor skills.

More than 100 objects will be displayed around “Wonderplace” to stimulate early learners’ interest in museums and American history. These artifacts from the museum’s collections will be presented in fun ways to get families excited about what they are seeing. In the Castle section, children will get to look at objects from all angles as they climb around—and even under—them. In the Farm section, kids will “find the animals” among the weathervanes, milk bottles, farm toys and lunch boxes.

So that every age group can get the most out of “Wonderplace,” signs will guide parents and caregivers on how to help their children engage in the activities. The center will also contain family-friendly amenities to create a more comfortable environment for visitors. These amenities include family bathrooms with diaper-changing stations, parking areas for strollers and a quiet nook in the rear of the space where parents can feed and take care of infants.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu. The museum is located on Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W. Admission is free.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 86-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator.  Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for eighteen consecutive years.  In 2015, Wegmans ranked #7 on the list.  The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

 

Contact Information:

Valeska Hilbig, Smithsonian (202) 633-3129
Jo Natale, Wegmans (585) 429-3627

 

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Wegmans supports the first exhibition designed for the learning needs of children 6 and under at the National Museum of American History

Wegmans supports the first exhibition designed for the learning needs of children 6 and under at the National Museum of American History

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. ranked #7 at this year’s FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list

ROCHESTER, NY, 2015-3-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — FORTUNE announced this morning that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is once again on the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, this year ranking #7.   For Wegmans, this marks the 18th year in a row that the family-owned supermarket chain has appeared on the FORTUNE list.  Wegmans is one of only 12 companies that have been on the list since it began in 1998.  They are also the highest ranked retailer.

“I’ve said it many times, but it bears repeating.   Our employees make Wegmans a place where customers feel happy and cared about, and my job is to make sure our employees feel that way, too,” says CEO Danny Wegman

What FORTUNE Says About Great Workplaces:
Fortune editors write: ” As we read through thousands of employee comments and survey results, we noticed three trends.   First, the best workplaces are getting better.  Second trend: The best employers are better because more business leaders are focused on workplace culture as a competitive tool.   Third trend: Each of the 100 Best Companies has leaders who genuinely listen to their employees and craft distinctive policies and programs that suit today’s workforce.”

What FORTUNE Says About Wegmans:
“Employees of (the) family-owned supermarket chain wear name tags that bear the number of years of ‘incredible service’ they have accumulated. Hundreds of them visit the company’s own 50-acre organic farm each year. Consumer Reports rates Wegmans as the best grocery store in America.”

Jobs at Wegmans
In 2015, Wegmans is now hiring for new stores it will open in Alexandria, VA (June), Westwood, MA (fall), and Concordville, PA (fall).  In combination, the three new stores will employ approximately 1,600 people.  There are also positions available at Wegmans’ existing stores and in manufacturing, distribution, and corporate.  Interested candidates should visit wegmans.com and click on careers.

Celebration at Wegmans
Customers and employees will celebrate the honor on Saturday, March 7, when cake will be served at every Wegmans store at a time selected by individual stores. If customers prefer a healthy option instead of cake, Clementine tangerines will be offered. Stores will announce the time on signs posted in each store’s entryway.

Full list

This issue of FORTUNE magazine will be on sale beginning March 9.

Methodology:

Fortune partners annually with Great Place to Work® to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America to identify the 100 Best Companies to Work For ®. Two-thirds of a company’s survey score is based on the results of the Trust Index © Employee Survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. This survey asks questions related to employees’ attitudes about management’s credibility, overall job satisfaction, and camaraderie. The other third is based on responses to the Culture Audit ©, which includes detailed questionnaires about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communication, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator.

Contact Information:
Jo Natale, vice president of media relations 585-429-3627
Evelyn Carter, consumer affairs manager (Syracuse media only), 315-546-1110

Michele Mehaffy, consumer affairs manager (Buffalo media only), 716-685-8170

FORTUNE PR Contacts: PR HOTLINE, (212) 522-4800
Kelsey Rohwer (212) 522- 2401; Danny Leonard (212) 522-0361

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. ranked #7 at this year's FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. ranked #7 at this year’s FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list