Wegmans opens its newest 126,000 sq. ft. supermarket in Hilltop Village Center, Alexandria, VA on June 14

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2015-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — By the time Store Manager Mike Dempsey opens Wegmans’ newest 126,000 sq. ft. supermarket in Hilltop Village Center (corner of Telegraph and Beulah) on Sunday, June 14, he will have built a team of 550 employees, who are ready to deliver the incredible customer service that Wegmans is known for. Treat employees with care and respect, Dempsey believes, and they’ll treat customers with that same care and respect. “It’s the ‘golden rule’ of great customer service.”

Dempsey had been a store manager previously, at the Lake Manassas Wegmans in Gainesville and the Potomac Wegmans in Woodbridge. When he was asked to be the Alexandria store manager, he jumped at the opportunity. “What’s new and unique at the Alexandria store is that it’s our first store in Virginia to include The Pub, Wegmans’ casual dining restaurant that serves freshly prepared seasonal foods and a large selection of craft beers, food-friendly wines, and seasonal cocktails.” There is also the Market Café with an endless selection of prepared foods and indoor and outdoor seating for 300.

Step back in time to 1994: Mike and his wife-to-be Charlene had just become engaged. Both were working full time but they wanted to build up their bank accounts, in view of what was coming up – a wedding, a place to live, and eventually, a family. So both took part-time jobs to earn extra dollars to “pay for the life ahead of us,” in Dempsey’s words. That’s how he found himself working part-time at Wegmans in Ithaca, NY.

“I never aimed to work in a grocery store. My college degree was in architectural engineering, and I had a full-time job in construction.”

Soon, though, he was rethinking career plans: “I was surrounded by great managers who spoke to me about a career with Wegmans.” He was enjoying his part-time job more than his “real” job. One day, a store manager sat down with him to discuss the company’s expansion plans. “I saw that Wegmans was a growing company and I began thinking seriously about leaving the construction industry.”

In his career with Wegmans, Dempsey has also become a genuine food enthusiast. “I am inspired to try new products and recipes so that I can teach our customers about healthier options for their families. I’ve gotten to like the flavors that go along with a healthier way of life.” Some favorites? Scallops, sushi, and summer foods like grilled lemon-pepper chicken with grilled vegetables, along with pear and provolone salad.

Alexandria is Wegmans’ 86th store, the 7th in Virginia. The company’s first VA store opened in 2004 in Sterling (Dulles). Today, Wegmans has more than 3,600 VA employees, and that number will grow next year when it opens two stores in Richmond and one in Charlottesville.

“Sunday morning can’t come soon enough,” says Dempsey. “Our employees are so excited to show their friends and family our store, and I can’t wait for our new customers to meet our employees. They are what sets us apart.”

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 18 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:

Jo Natale, vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

Wegmans Food Markets to deliver 15,877 pounds of nonperishable food to the Capital Area Food Bank

LORTON, VA, 2015-5-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets will deliver a truckload of 15,877 pounds of nonperishable food to the Capital Area Food Bank, the region’s largest hunger relief organization, on Thursday, May 28 at 12 PM. The delivery will take place at the CAFB’s Northern Virginia location (6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, VA 22079) and is the first donation from Wegmans’ new Alexandria store, which opens June 14. The truck will carry 20 pallets of canned soups, vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal and juice – all of which will help feed thousands of residents struggling to get enough food to eat.

“We are so excited to welcome Wegmans to our community. Each year we’re already sending over 6 million pounds of food into Northern Virginia. Partnering with Wegmans means that we can get more wholesome food to this area. We’re proud to work with such a strong community-minded company,” said Cecelia Vergaretti, Capital Area Food Bank’s Northern Virginia Director.

Wegmans Alexandria Store Manager Mike Dempsey and a team of employees will be on site to help unload the tractor trailer, sort the food and stock the shelves at the food bank’s Lorton, VA distribution center.

“We know that food banks build healthier communities and it’s a privilege to be able to deliver this food that will serve the needs of our new neighbors in Alexandria,” said Dempsey. “One of our values is to make a difference in every community we serve, and this partnership is one way we’re putting that value into action.”

Helping feed the hungry is a community giving priority for the Rochester, New York based supermarket chain.  Last year, Wegmans donated approximately 15 million pounds of food to area food banks in all of its market areas.

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About the Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Washington metro area serving over 530,000 people through direct food distribution programs and a network of 500 partner agencies. Last year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 42 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 35 million meals – one-third of which was fresh fruits and vegetables. The CAFB’s Lorton location last year distributed over 6 million pounds food – the equivalent of 5 million meals – of which 2 million pounds was fresh fruits and vegetables. To learn more, visit: www.capitalareafoodbank.org, or find the Capital Area Food Bank on Facebook at facebook.com/ CapitalAreaFoodBank, and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.

About Wegmans
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. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015. 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:
Shamia Holloway, Capital Area Food Bank communications manager, 202-644-9830
Jo Natale, Wegmans vice president of media relations, 585-429-3627

Wegmans Food Markets begins recruitment of full-time positions for its new Alexandria store in Fairfax County

ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets begins recruitment of full-time positions today for its new Alexandria store in Fairfax County, set to open mid-year in 2015. Available full-time openings include everything from customer service and entry- level management to restaurant and culinary positions. The Alexandria store will employ approximately 550 people, 500 of whom will be hired locally. Of these, there are 200 full-time positions to be filled. Hiring for part-time positions will begin at a later date.

Full-time job applicants are invited to apply online at www.wegmans.com or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267) for more information. Applications will not be not accepted at the store or construction site, nor will interviews be conducted there. Wegmans plans to begin scheduling interviews at their Kingstowne employment office later this fall.

“Alexandria is a foodie community and we’re eager to build our team with people who love food and have a passion for helping others,” said Mike Dempsey, Alexandria store manager and 20-year veteran with the company. “Wegmans is consistently ranked one of the country’s best places to work and we attribute that to meeting the needs of our employees by offering flexible scheduling, competitive pay and benefits, and a fun, friendly atmosphere.”

The Alexandria Wegmans, a 126,000 square-foot supermarket, will be part of Hilltop Village Center, a retail and office complex located at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Beulah Street. In addition to restaurant-quality prepared foods for which Wegmans is known, the Alexandria location will be the first in Virginia to feature The Pub by Wegmans, a full-service restaurant within the store.

Once the Alexandria store opens, Wegmans will have created over 3,650 jobs in Virginia since opening its Sterling location in 2004. That number will continue to increase in the coming years with at least three new stores slated to open: one in Charlottesville and two in the Greater Richmond area.

“We continue to expand in this region and promote from within, so there are tremendous opportunities to grow a career with us,” said Dempsey. “We provide the most in-depth product, customer service, and culinary training in the industry to ensure that our employees are well prepared to help our customers make great meals easy.”

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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. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations, 585-429-3627