Danny Wegman once called opening a store in Boston “terrifying,” but he plans on moving ahead. Boston’s mayor announced Wegmans would be opening a store in Fenway.
Wegmans said the deal is not finalized. No details about the size ad amenities were available. The store will likely replicate the one Wegmans is building in Newton, which will be only 70,000 square feet, the smallest store Wegmans has opened in decades. (The Wegmans prototype is 130,000-140,000 square feet. Calkins Rd. is 110,000. East Ave. will be 90,000.)
Why do Rochesterians care about this new store? First, Wegmans is one of Rochester’s largest employers. The success of Wegmans is important to the region. Second, the new store will be in a place familiar to Red Sox fans all over the country. Third, the Fenway Wegmans will be a city store, a major shift for a company that has only built in the suburbs the last 30 to 40 years. The Wegmans city prototype should be followed with great interest by Rochester and other urban areas.
We’ll be watching!
Links of the Day:
– Costco is coming to Syracuse. That means it’s only a matter of time before a store opens in the Rochester area.
– The Syracuse University athletic department will get more oversight in determining if players are academically eligible.
– Critics say the state budget cares more about the Buffalo Bills than it does cancer prevention and people with developmental disabilities.
– Syracuse got two hospitals to lower the rates for city employees. Rochester should pursue this.
– Nurses are seeking doctor-like authority and could open their own practices.
– The company that makes the Entertainment coupon books is bankrupt.