Triangle's newest Wegmans opens in West Cary
The new Wegmans grocery store in West Cary opened on Wednesday, July 29 and we have a sneak peek of the inside of the store! Check out the photos and video as well as details regarding what to expect in this impressive 103,000 square-foot store.Posted — Updated
Wegmans has posted a live view of their storefront at 3710 Davis Drive so people can check out the crowd and line in real time. Orange cones and ground markings are being used to promote social distancing.
The 103,000 square-foot store is located at the intersection of Davis Drive and Airport Boulevard. The hours each day are 6 am to midnight. On July 29, the store will open at 9 a.m.
Click below for a quick video showing the inside of the store. Then scroll down to see multiple photos of the specific specialty departments and some of my favorite grocery deals, including eggs, milk. cereal, peanut butter and more.
This will be the second Wegmans location to open in the Triangle and employs over 460 people. You'll find 29 front end registers and 600 parking spaces at this store.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, though, you won't see any big Grand Opening events.
The store has set up a designated line-up area for customers as you can see in the photos below. As the store manager, Katie Duchnowski, pointed out, it is set up the way lines are handled at an amusement park. They will be keeping the store capacity at or under 50% which is approximately 1000 people, including employees.
In addition, there will be one door to enter the store and a different door for exiting.
See below for additional details on store safety precautions for opening day and every day during this pandemic.
Departments and Amenities
They even have a Create Your Own Poke Bowl Station. You just have to let the employees know what you would like in your bowl and they will make it right there in front of you.
The Wegmans Bakery canoli dip is truly amazing!
The Olive Bar is not self serve at this time. All you need to do is ask the employees to put together the mix of olives you would like.
Something new at this location that you will not see in all Wegmans locations is a refrigerated cooler in the wine and beer department.
Here are some of the top grocery deals I found on my tour on July 27. I had a limited amount of time so this is only a small number of the great deals you will find on staple items and snack foods.
The Pick a Mix section and the Bulk Foods are both open. There are no scoops in the bulk foods section. You just pull down on the bar to release the food in to the bag you put underneath the item you want.
You will also find the display in the dairy section with the infamous Bison Dip (no actual Bison in the dip) and all the favorite hot dog brands.
This is actually a really neat feature. First, download the Wegmans Scan app. Then bring your bags in to the store with you. When you take something off the shelf to buy, you scan the item's bar code with the app. Then put the item in the bag. Do this for every item you put in to your cart. Once you are done, go to self check, scan the bar code on the Scan App with your total and pay with your registered card on the app.
Keep in mind that because of the pandemic, Wegmans will be limiting the number of customers allowed in the store and shoppers may have to wait in line to get in.
They also have a hand sanitizing station at the store entrance for customers to use.
The company released the following statement regarding safety precautions during the pandemic.
"To ensure a safe environment for all our employees and customers, we’re committed to going above and beyond what is required. We have enhanced our sanitation of high-contact touchpoints and increased the frequency of our everyday sanitation practices. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the store and our cashiers are asked to sanitize their workspace and hands regularly. Plexiglas® shields are also installed at all our registers and will be installed in additional areas, as well. We encourage all customers and employees to be respectful of social distancing guidelines. To help, we’ve placed visual indicators at our registers and throughout the store."
You can see the many social distancing reminders throughout the store.
Wegmans also shared, "We look forward to meeting you in-person but will be limiting the number of customers in the store at any given time to ensure we are able to maintain safe social distancing. With these measures in place, we ask for your patience and understanding, as you may need to wait in line to enter the store."
When the Raleigh Wegmans location opened in October 2019, it had the "biggest opening crowd ever." according to a spokesperson for Wegmans. People were already waiting in line at 7 p.m. on the night before it opened.
The following Wegmans stores are scheduled to open in 2020:
Davis Drive and Airport Boulevard in Wake County
106-110 Corporate Park Drive in Westchester County
Capital Beltway and Route 123 in Fairfax County
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 101-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. The family 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 23 consecutive years, ranking #3 in 2020. The company was also ranked #1 for corporate reputation among the 100 most visible companies, according to the 2019 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient® study.
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