As I saw the news headlines and laments on Twitter, I wondered why the fact it’s shutting down for a while is such a big deal. No one paid as much attention around here to the permanent closure of other Wegmans stores (Britton Rd.) or the arrival of new ones (Calkins).
I think East Ave. got a ton of attention because a lot of reporters and young people live close to the store. In addition, the design of the new facility took forever to get approved by the city. It’s not often we witness Wegmans expanding a store. It’s located on a heavily trafficked corridor. It’s also cool to see pictures of bare Wegmans shelves.
I think the biggest reason the East Ave. Wegmans transformation has captured our attention is it’s the only Wegmans left in the city. That makes it the most convenient Wegmans for a lot of people, including me. I don’t even think it’s that convenient, as it’s four miles away.
But if you love Wegmans and live downtown, East Ave. is “your store.” The next closest store is Lyell Ave. which is 5 miles away. Marketplace and Hudson-Titus store are both 5.5 miles away. I realize it’s not terrible to have to drive a little further to get to Wegmans. I’m super-happy Wegmans is reinvesting in its last remaining city store (even if it does look like a giant wall on Winton). But I miss the days when there were Wegmans all over the city. Driving Park was “my” store growing up. Mt. Hope would be “my” store today.
East Ave. the only store “we” have left.
Links of the Day:
– Six of the nine Best Picture nominees used Kodak film, which is made in Rochester.
– A suburban Rochester neighborhood deliberately planned to have a diverse mix of residents.
– Wall Therapy is gearing up for its third year painting murals around Rochester.
– Not a single Grandstand act has been booked yet for this summer’s New York State Fair, after scandal prompted a leadership change.
– In Albany area, farmers and suburbanites clash over a way of life.
– Need a nosh? The Jewish deli is on the decline.