First Manhattan, Now Long Island


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First Wegmans took Manhattan. Now, it’s taking Long Island. Wegmans Food Markets, whose growth is concentrated in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, announced plans to build a Long Island store, although a timeline for construction and opening date has not yet been determined, the grocer said in an April 25 statement. It previously announced it will open its Manhattan store in 2023. 

The Rochester, N.Y.-based chain, with 106 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina, will open a 100,000-square-foot store in in the DSW plaza at 3230 Middle Country Road in Lake Grove. Located at the corner of Middle County and Moriches roads, Wegmans said it has entered into an agreement to purchase 8.5 acres of the existing 28-acre plaza. Prestige Properties and Development will continue to own and operate the remainder of the plaza.

“We are delighted, and proud Wegmans has chosen our DSW Plaza Shopping Center for their first location on Long Island,” said Sam Shalem, chairman and CEO of Prestige Properties & Development, in a statement. “Wegmans is a first-class asset and will be an incredible addition to Lake Grove and the surrounding communities. We look forward to partnering with Wegmans on this landmark location.”

Wegmans, which was recently named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, announced April 14 that it will eliminate plastic bags chainwide by the end of 2022.

“Wegmans will be such a positive addition to our village, as it will help rejuvenate all of the retail in the area. The company has a reputation that will bring folks near and far into Lake Grove to do their shopping,” said Mayor Robert Scottaline in a statement.