Wegmans Food Markets is now hiring and training for 350 part-time positions at its new location in Charlottesville, which is scheduled to open Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7 a.m. The 120,000 square-foot store is located at 5th Street Station, a retail center at the intersection of Interstate 64 and 5th Street.
Part-time openings are available in every department, from line cooks and restaurant servers to customer service representatives. Recruitment for 200 full-time employees began in February and is ongoing. In total, the store will employ 550 people, 500 of whom will be new to the company and hired locally.
Applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267), selecting option 4 for more information. Interviews are conducted by appointment only and applications are neither available nor accepted at the construction site.
“Though the opening is months away, our new employees begin training soon after they’re hired so that when we open the doors, they’re knowledgeable about our offerings and ready to provide incredible customer service to all of Charlottesville,” said Store Manager Chris DePumpo.
The fact the 100-year-old company is family owned is part of the draw for applicants. “People seem to recognize that family ownership gives us the ability to put our employees first by offering flexible scheduling, competitive pay and benefits, and the opportunity to learn and grow with the company,” says DePumpo. Also enticing is the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program.
Founded in 1984, the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program awards tuition assistance to employees who meet specific academic, employment and work-performance criteria. Part-time workers can receive up to $1,500 per year and full-time workers up to $2,200 per year for four years, with no restrictions on the course of study or post-college career path.
Wegmans Charlottesville will feature more than 60,000 individual products, including an extensive prepared foods department, more than 3,000 organic products, fresh seafood delivered whole and cut to order daily, hundreds of produce items and 300 varieties of imported and domestic cheese. This store will also include The Pub by Wegmans, a full-service family restaurant known for fresh, seasonal food and local craft beer.