Wegmans Food Markets ready to open new store in Montvale, New Jersey on Sunday, September 24

New Wegmans employees are ready to deliver exceptional service beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 24

MONTVALE, NJ, 2017-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paul Jordan can’t hide his enthusiasm about the grand opening on September 24 of Wegmans Food Markets’ new 108,000 sq. ft. store in Montvale, New Jersey, where he’s the store manager. It’s as if his 28 years of working at Wegmans were warm-ups for this moment.

The new Montvale store employs 500 people, 450 of whom are new to the company. Employees have spent the last several months training and preparing for the opening. For Jordan, the most exciting part of opening a new Wegmans store is “getting to know all the fantastic new people we have – every single person has a great story to tell.”

One of Jordan’s most important responsibilities, he says, is to ensure that every member of his team has the kinds of opportunities he had in his own career.

Jordan grew up in Liverpool, New York. By the time he was 16, he’d set his sights on Wegmans, where his brother had a part-time job. By high school graduation, Paul had earned a Wegmans employee scholarship that provided tuition assistance for him to earn a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland. He graduated in 1996 and went back to Wegmans, working as a night manager in Upstate New York. Then he was invited in 2001 to become a management trainee in the produce department at the Bridgewater, New Jersey store. He was assigned a mentor and began learning not only how to make the produce department an irresistible part of the store for customers, but also how to foster the career development of his team members.

His next managerial assignment was to open the produce department at the Woodbridge store in 2003. The following year, he became the service manager at Bridgewater, and then gained additional experience as the perishable manager at the Woodbridge, Princeton and Manalapan stores. He returned to Princeton in 2014 as store manager.

While Jordan has helped open other Wegmans stores, the Montvale store is the first he has opened as the store manager, overseeing hiring for the entire store as well as ensuring that everything stays on track as opening day approaches.

“There’s so much for our people to learn,” says Jordan. “We carry hundreds of produce items every day, imported and specialty cheeses, foods from around the world, and approximately 65,000 products in all. We will teach customers about cooking techniques, we have a 250-seat Market Café, and The Burger Bar will serve fresh-cooked meals for families to enjoy.”

The new employees also learn about Wegmans’ culture of mutual support. They see in action what it means to respect and care about those you work with and how team members empower each other to be their best.

“One of the first conversations we have at orientation is about empowerment. I want our team to know that it’s okay to do what they think is right to take care of the customer, and I’ll support them. When our folks know that their decisions will be respected, they don’t hesitate to act on behalf of the customer – and that’s powerful.”

The new Montvale store is Wegmans’ ninth in New Jersey and its 94th store overall.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 94-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:

Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713
valerie.fox@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Market

Wegmans Montvale to donate truckload of food to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and four local food pantries

Montvale, NJ, 2017-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ —

WHO: Wegmans Montvale employees and representatives from the Tri-Boro Food Pantry, Helping Hand Food Pantry, Buddies of NJ, Inc., Center for Food Action, and Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

WHEN: Thursday, August 24 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Wegmans Montvale at 100 Farm View. The Wegmans truck will be parked in front of the store. Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

WHAT: Wegmans Food Markets will donate a truckload of 17,445 pounds of non-perishable food to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and four local food pantries in front of its new location in Montvale. This donation takes place a month before the 108,000 square-foot store opens on Sunday, Sept. 24.

A team of Wegmans employees will join representatives from the Tri-Boro Food Pantry, Helping Hand Food Pantry, Buddies of NJ Inc., Center for Food Action, and Community FoodBank of New Jersey to unload a Wegmans tractor-trailer filled with 21 pallets of canned soups, canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, juice, and other products. The food will then be sorted and loaded onto five separate vehicles for distribution to each organization.

“We know food banks and pantries help build healthier communities. It’s a privilege to partner with these wonderful organizations and provide food that will serve the needs of our neighbors,” said Wegmans Montvale Store Manager Paul Jordan. “One of our company values is to make a difference in every community we serve, and partnering with local food agencies is just one way we deliver on that commitment.”

For more information on Wegmans in Montvale, please visit wegmans.com/montvale.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 93-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 Tri-Boro Food Pantry
The Tri-Boro Food Pantry provides food assistance to people in need. In 2016, the Tri-Boro Food Pantry served more than 100 families throughout the Pascack Valley, including more than 345 children.

About Helping Hand Food Pantry
Helping Hand Food Pantry is a non-profit charitable organization entirely staffed by dedicated volunteers. It serves approximately 400 neighbors each month in Hillsdale, Westwood, Emerson, Oradell, Woodcliff Lake, and Montvale.

About Buddies of NJ, Inc.
Buddies of NJ, Inc. is Bergen and Passaic County’s premier AIDS service organization, providing service, education, resources, and care to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Buddies provides NJHS licensed substance abuse counseling & treatment services; free rapid HIV testing & counseling; PrEP counseling; case management; medical case management; housing & housing assistance; dental services; counseling services; young men’s support spot; peer support groups; medical transportation; and a food bank.

About Center for Food Action (CFA)
CFA provides emergency food, homelessness prevention assistance, counseling and advocacy to thousands on low-income residents in northern New Jersey every year. CFA also operates a Weekend Snack Pack Program, a Community Garden Program, and a Smile Pack Program as part of its expanded effort to help low-income residents.

About Community FoodBank of New Jersey
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a member of Feeding America®, provides people across the state with food, help and hope. The FoodBank distributed over 50 million pounds of food last year to its more than 1,000 community partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs. More than 4.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by the FoodBank’s network of partners. For our neighbors, especially families, and for the volunteers and donors who support them, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful change agent that fills the emptiness caused by hunger with the basic human essentials that people need to survive.

Press Contact:
Tracy Van Auker
Media Relations Coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets

Wegmans Food Markets announces Montvale store leadership team; store opening Sept. 24

MONTVALE, NJ, 2017-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets today (August 14, 2017) announced the local leadership team managing its Montvale store, which opens Sunday, Sept. 24 at West Grand Avenue and Mercedes Drive. This group consists of the store manager, executive chef, pharmacy area manager, and three area managers who each supervise several departments. Altogether, they bring 89 years of experience working for the family-owned company. Hiring and training are ongoing, and those who are interested should apply online at wegmans.com/careers.

The Wegmans Montvale leadership team is as follows:

Store Manager Paul Jordan
When Paul Jordan talks with new employees about working at Wegmans, he tells them, “this is the only job I’ve ever had.” That’s because he began working for Wegmans in upstate New York as a part-time Helping Hand (parking lot attendant) in 1989 while he was still in high school. He went to college with tuition assistance from the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program and graduated from John Carroll University, staying on with Wegmans afterward as a night manager and then relocating to New Jersey as a produce management trainee. From there he rose through the ranks as a produce manager, service area manager, and perishable area manager before a promotion to store manager in 2014 at Wegmans’ Princeton location. Today, Jordan prepares to open the company’s 94th store and lead a team of 500 employees in Montvale.

Executive Chef David Lopatynski
David Lopatynski grew up in Oradell – just seven miles away from the Montvale store – and he attended college at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he majored in communication studies. While there, he began cooking in a Japanese restaurant. He enjoyed it, but didn’t view cooking as a career for himself right away. After graduation, he took a marketing job but found himself drawn back to the kitchen. He finally made the jump into the restaurant scene and honed his skills, working his way up through some of the top gastropubs of Rockland County, N.Y. He joined Wegmans in 2015 as a sous chef at the Ocean store and was named Executive Chef at Woodbridge shortly afterward. Returning to his roots in the Montvale area, he will oversee the culinary team of more than 100 that provides Wegmans’ restaurant-quality prepared foods, with mix and match self-serve food bars, artisan pizza, subs, hot soup, fresh sushi, The Burger Bar, and more – all for in-store dining or takeout.

Pharmacy Area Manager Maria Lockwood
A graduate of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in New York, Maria Lockwood joined Wegmans in 1993 as a pharmacy intern. From there she grew her career as a pharmacist, pharmacy operations manager, and pharmacy manager. Lockwood is a licensed pharmacist in five states and now in Montvale, she will lead the pharmacy and its staff, helping Wegmans employees and customers live healthier, better lives. Wegmans pharmacy services include immunizations, auto-refill of prescriptions, free home shipping, pet medications, competitively low prices on select generic prescriptions, and free text alerts.

Perishable Area Manager Chrissy Kreber
Chrissy Kreber is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego and began working at Wegmans in 2003 as a part-time cashier. She brings prior experience in a variety of positions, including cheese shop, front end manager, employee representative, café manager, service area manager, and merchandising area manager. As perishable area manager in Montvale, Kreber will oversee the produce, floral, bakery, seafood, meat, cheese, and deli departments, ensuring Wegmans’ high standards for the freshest ingredients are met and employees are prepared to share in-depth food knowledge with Wegmans customers.

Merchandising Area Manager John Pastorella
John Pastorella became a Wegmans employee in 2007 when he began working part time as a cashier and Helping Hand. He went on to work in the deli and in seafood before learning through various full-time roles as a management trainee, seafood manager, employee representative, and overnight operations manager. In his current role as merchandising manager, he’ll supervise several departments, including grocery, dairy, frozen foods, Nature’s Marketplace and home and entertaining. Pastorella will work collaboratively across the store to ensure that the thousands of products that Wegmans offers are well displayed and well stocked.

Service Area Manager Emily Reynolds
Emily Reynolds has been a Wegmans employee since 2006. A graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta, she started with Wegmans as a part-time cashier before taking on roles in produce and bakery, a store operations internship, as management trainee in the Cheese Shop and produce, bakery manager, and employee representative. At Montvale, she will lead the front end, service desk, maintenance, Helping Hands and accounting office. Reynolds’ priority is to ensure that incredible customer service is delivered every day. She will also oversee local community giving, carrying out Wegmans’ commitment to make a difference in every community it serves.

Wegmans Montvale is a 108,000 sq. ft. supermarket, plus 14,000 sq. ft. leased to a third-party owner for a wine, beer, and spirits shop. The store includes a Market Café with indoor and outdoor seating for nearly 250, as well as The Burger Bar, an in-store restaurant counter that serves delicious burgers, fresh salads, flavorful sandwiches, specialty milkshakes, soup and sides. Visit wegmans.com/montvale for store information, including Wegmans Shoppers Club sign up and driving directions.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 93-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:
Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713
valerie.fox@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Wegmans Montvale announces recipients of its Employee Scholarship Program

MONTVALE, NJ., 2017-Jun-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Five graduating seniors from the Montvale area received $500 scholarship grants from Wegmans Food Markets in a symbolic nod to the company’s annual announcement of recipients for its Employee Scholarship Program, which helps employees along the path to higher education. Since the program began in 1984, more than 35,000 Wegmans employees have been awarded scholarships totaling $110 million.

The local recipients are students from Park Ridge, Pascack Hills, Pascack Valley, Pearl River, and St. Joseph Regional high schools. Wegmans partnered with each school to select a student who exemplifies the family-owned company’s values: Caring, Respect, High Standards, Empowerment, and Making a Difference.

Congratulations go to the following students:

Park Ridge High School: Jacob Zelikovsky
Pascack Hills High School: Evan Michaels
Pascack Valley High School: Mary Kate Viconte
Pearl River High School: Jaclyn Burns
St. Joseph Regional High School: Steven Foster

“Helping young people succeed is one of our most important giving priorities,” said Wegmans Montvale Store Manager Paul Jordan. “As a new neighbor in the community, we’re happy to award honorary scholarships this year and look forward to celebrating a new class of Wegmans employee scholarship recipients from Montvale next year.”

The local recipients join 2,019 Wegmans employees that were granted new scholarships this year, with an expected payout of $5.1 million to the program’s current and new recipients for the 2017/2018 academic year.

To receive a scholarship, Wegmans employees must meet work-performance criteria. Eligibility is also based on a minimum number of work hours over a specified time period. Part-time employees can receive up to $6,000 over four years and full-time employees can receive up to $8,800 over four years, with no limit placed on the number of scholarships awarded and no restrictions on a student’s course of study from an accredited college.

The Montvale Wegmans opens Sunday, Sept. 24. Hiring is currently underway for part-time and select full-time positions. Applicants may apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 201-391-0100 for more information.

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:
Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713
valerie.fox@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Markets

Wegmans Princeton donates a tractor trailer full of nutritious food to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing

TRENTON, NJ, 2016-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Thursday, January 21, Wegmans Princeton delivered a tractor trailer full of nutritious food to the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Ewing. The donation included 20 pallets of canned soups, vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal and juice, totaling 17,507 pounds.

When the truck arrived at the Food Bank, Wegmans Princeton Store Manager Paul Jordan was on hand along with a team of Wegmans employees to put together bags of food to distribute to hungry people in the area.

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

Mercer Street Friends Food Bank channels over 2.5 million pounds of food into Mercer County pantries, soup kitchens and meal sites annually. The food bank also provides meal packs, including weekend meal packs to more than 500 schoolchildren, delivers fresh produce to seniors and runs a summer feeding program for low-income children.

“The food donation from Wegmans is critical and so appreciated,” says Sabine Mehnert, Director of Mercer Street Friends Food Bank. “As with many industries, food banking is cyclical. We receive many food donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but we don’t receive much in the winter months. The demand for food does not diminish in the winter months, though.”

Wegmans is a longtime supporter of hunger relief, here in Mercer County and throughout the region. In addition to food donations and employee volunteering, Wegmans promotes and collects monetary donations for the food bank through Check Out Hunger each fall.

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Mercer Street Friends
Founded in 1958 by Quakers, Mercer Street Friends responds to the needs of the community to build alliances that will have the most meaningful impact in addressing issues of poverty. We provide a range of integrated services that build community, nurture self-worth and independence, and offer resources for children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and its lasting effects.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 88-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, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. 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:

Cynthia Vandenberg, Mercer Street Friends advancement associate, 609-656-5209
Valerie Fox, Wegmans media relations coordinator, 585-720-5713