They are ready. Store Manager Todd Strassner Jr. and his team of 525 employees have been preparing for months to open Wegmans’ new Concordville store. And, one thing they know for sure is that Delaware County shoppers are anxious to have Wegmans in their own backyard.
As soon as Wegmans opened its Downingtown store in 2003, the requests for a store in Delaware County began. “Shoppers from this area have been traveling to Wegmans in Downingtown and Malvern to shop for a very long time,” says Strassner. “That’s what makes this opening so special for us. We felt welcome here before the first shovel was in the ground.”
This is the last of three new Wegmans store openings in 2015; the others were in Alexandria, VA (in June) and Westwood, MA (in early October). It’s also the last new store Wegmans will open before the family-owned company celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016.
The 111,000 sq. ft. Concordville store has a Market Café that seats more than 250 people (indoors and outdoors) and The Pub, a full-service restaurant and bar, with local craft brews, wine and spirits.
Shoppers will be treated to everything they have come to expect from a Wegmans, starting with an expansive produce department that offers hundreds of fruits and vegetables, including organic choices. There’s also a fresh cut fruit and veggie station for customers who’d prefer that someone else do the peeling, dicing, and chopping.
As shoppers move through the store, they’ll have a sense of visiting different shops, as one would in a European open-air market. Other departments include seafood, meat, deli, bakery, Nature’s Marketplace (with natural and organic foods), a cheese shop, Mediterranean bar and more. In addition to groceries, there is a pharmacy, floral shop, and health and beauty section.
Across the store, there are more than 3,000 organic product choices.
What’s surprising to some is the consistent, low prices and the choice of Family Pack size as a way to save 30% or more.
Strassner can’t remember a time when Wegmans wasn’t a big part of his family life. Spanning three generations, many in his family have worked for the company and embraced opportunities to further their educations and careers with Wegmans.
Strassner grew up near Rochester, NY not far from Wegmans’ corporate headquarters. “Wegmans was my first part-time job when I was in high school. I was a cashier and a Helping Hand in the parking lot. I went off to college with tuition assistance from the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program, and later, as a management intern, I learned more about areas of the business I hadn’t experienced before.”
In 2005 he graduated, became a full-time service team leader, and was invited to help Wegmans open a new store in Fairfax VA. Over the next several years, Strassner’s career growth continued, and in 2011, he became the store manager at Wegmans in State College, a post he held until he was named the store manager for Concordville.
“This is the first new Wegmans store I’ve opened, so I am very excited,” says Strassner. “But I’m even more proud of the team we have built at this store. Our employees are ready to deliver on our promise of incredible customer service. They can’t wait for the doors to open at 7 a.m. on Sunday.”