It's an exciting week in the grocery world. First, popular Asian chain H Mart opened in Cambridge on Wednesday. Next, this Sunday at 7 a.m., the long-awaited Wegmans will open, showering Chestnut Hill with glorious produce and impressive prepared foods and probably more horrific Route 9 traffic than usual.
The Rochester, NY-based supermarket now has over 80 stores, most of which are in New York State, but it has been gradually trickling into Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland over the years. There's also another one in Massachusetts already (Northborough), with at least two more on the way eventually (Fenway and Westwood). The company rakes in $7 billion annually and lands high up on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list every single year. Talk to anyone who has ever spent more than a day in Rochester, and Wegmans will undoubtedly come up in conversation because it inspires a cult following that seems weird for a grocery store — but then you walk in for the first time and immediately understand.
The Chestnut Hill Wegmans is only 70,000 square feet, about half the size of many newer locations, according to the Boston Globe. That space will house 40,000 products. Aside from the 7 a.m. opening on Sunday, Wegmans will be open 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, and the attached wine store, which is already open, operates from noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. all other days.
If Sunday is anything like Northborough's opening day was, be prepared for huge lines and people in University of Rochester and RIT hoodies standing in the middle of aisles, weeping with joy. Take a peek at the store map ahead of time to figure out your route, and give the mobile app a try — among other features, it organizes your shopping list by aisle.
· Wegmans to open in Chestnut Hill on Sunday [BG]
· Wegmans Chestnut Hill [Official Site]
· All coverage of Wegmans on Eater [~EBOS~]