Links of the Day:

- Wegmans, which just opened its first store in Massachusetts, is now scouting locations in Boston, reports the Boston Globe. The store would likely be an “urban model” that Wegmans is looking to build in nearby Newton:

“We believe we belong in Boston, not just in the suburbs,” Wegman said.

(snip)

Wegman said he is fascinated with the Boston market because it is the most highly educated and densely populated market the chain has ever served, but it is also a scary experience to change its successful model.

“In some ways, coming to Boston is terrifying. Going from 130,000 feet to 70,000, you’re making an enormous amount of guesses,” Wegman said. “This is a big deal for us.”

Boston’s mayor is trying to recruit the store.

Wegmans has only one remaining store in the City of Rochester, though many are right outside city limits. It would be nice to see Wegmans “change its successful model” and open  an urban prototype store in Rochester in the future, though it’s clear having a “highly educated and densely populated” area is important. We’re not there yet.

- Why are we fixated on hoodies and not guns in the Trayvon Martin shooting?

- Why aren’t we also marching about black on black crime? Juan Williams wants to know.

- The pink slime defenders are lining up.

- I blogged about running into a high school classmate whom I hadn’t seen since he was shot – in school. A while back, I blogged about an elementary school classmate whose story didn’t turn out as well.

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6 Responses to Urban Wegmans

  1. March 29, 2012 at 8:39 am Carlos Mercado responds:

    We tried to get Wegman’s to open a more urban sytel store when it announced its plans to remodel East Avenue. they did some modifications, but are still very locked into the suburban shopping mall model. They also threw a real fit about neighbors’ issues and at one point rumbled about not doing the project or just closing East Ave. This caused a huge ruckus in the news paper columns about people getting in the way of progress. Now they are apparently re-thinking – but not in rochester. Not yet.

  2. March 29, 2012 at 10:07 am Ben C. responds:

    Maybe the city under a previous mayor shouldn’t have tried to block the construction of a Weggies on the Psych Center complex in the City (laret, in Brighton on the McQuaid site.)

    The petitions circulated in Brighton and The city were encouraged by both city and town politicians for both proposed sites.

    Besides, it’s faulty to compare Boston to ROC relative to the density and sophistication of its urban population. Boston is probably the closest thing we have in the NE to a European flavor city. Comparing it to ROC just doesn’t hold water. They’d be prime potential Weggies’customers.

    • March 29, 2012 at 10:30 am Cindy B responds:

      There was such an opportunity for Wegmans to develop an urban model at the the East Ave market.. Sure, we are not the same as Boston – or Newton MA to be exact. But the East Ave location attracts a lot of upscale shoppers. Downtown middle and high end residences are increasing, bringing more moneyed shoppers to the East ave site. Instead, Wegmans whined about having to follow city codes, putting windows on the building facing the pedestrian sidewalk, instead of a huge brick wall.

      I wish them luck with the Massachusetts model. I used to live there, and I def missed Wegmans. Just wish they could have taken the leap of faith with their hometown customer base.

  3. I’d love to see a new, smaller Wegmans located in my area. A great location would be at Lyell Avenue at Whitney Street, where that old burned building is being demolished. It would be terrific there, and help our economic resurgence.

  4. March 29, 2012 at 11:43 am Ben C. responds:

    low profit margins in retail box grocery stores predicate large volume with loss leaders and high mark-up specialtiy products and “to-go” prepared foods. Ergo, high population & income bases.

    Outfits like Topps will create places like Wilson Markets to fill in the gaps in urban areas like ROC’s or place both Topps & Wilsons on the cusp of urban/suburban residential markets (Winton & Main.)

    Back in the mid-’60′s the city tried to get Weggies to go into the 3rd Ward (Corn Hill) urban renewal project on a cleared cheap parcel. We were told directly that the pop nor income wasn’t there to support the sq. footage store they were building at the time which was a heck of a lot smaller than the super stores of today.

  5. October 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm Eduardo Ricardo responds:

    “We’re not there yet”. Huh?

    I’m confused.

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