When the new Alberta Drive store re-opened in 1998, replacing a smaller Wegmans store nearby, the news media focused on what made it special: At 125,000 square feet, it was then Western New York’s largest supermarket, about twice the size of the first Alberta Drive store. It resembled an open-air European market, with eye-catching displays of fresh produce, meat, fish, seafood. Its prepared foods had a touch of elegance: you could buy Coquille St. Jacques and Lobster Thermidor. The new store had a “knock-your-socks-off” Market Café; a European-style bakery operation with a brick, wood-fired oven; a Nature’s Marketplace natural foods center. The celebration will include:
Cake for all: Wegmans’ cake decorators have designed an eye-popping tribute thanking customers for making the past 40 years great. Cake cutting begins at 11 am – be sure to get your slice!
Music in the Air: Heard of Buffalo, a popular local band, will play live music including a nod to 1970s mega-hits such as Stayin’ Alive, How Deep is Your Love, and I Will Survive!
Fun for kids: Face painting; craft station; special displays from local jigsaw puzzle manufacturer Buffalo Puzzle, and Wegmans’ mascot, Jazzy the Cat.
Fun for grown-ups: Meet Ryan Steenberg, runner-up in the 2016 Long Drive World Championship, and try out OnCore golf balls on the inflatable driving range. Take home samples from Alpine Soaps or health and wellness products from Garden of Life. Plus, Wegmans chefs and a representative from the Wegmans Cheese Caves will be available to speak with customers.
Samples galore: Come hungry! Wegmans and food companies from the Buffalo area will be sampling their finest: organic smoothies; healthy snack bar choices; tapenade on miche bread; shrimp appetizers from Miller’s Horseradish; Bison Dip, the official choice of the Buffalo Bills; kielbasa and mustard from Wardynski & Webers; kombucha from Bootleg Bucha; veggie dishes from Go Veggies; ice cream from Perry’s Ice Cream, and sponge candy from Landies Candies.
Prizes: A $100 gift card and several gift baskets will be awarded in a raffle.
Location: Wegmans Alberta Dr.