Wegmans Food Markets today announced the leadership team spearheading the management of its Charlottesville store, opening Nov. 6 at 5th Street Station on the intersection of Interstate 64 and 5th Street. The Charlottesville leadership team consists of the store manager, executive chef, pharmacy area manager, and three area managers who each supervise several departments. Together, this group has more than 130 years of experience working for the 100-year-old family-owned company.
Wegmans Charlottesville is a 120,000 square-foot supermarket that includes a Market Café with indoor and outdoor seating for nearly 250, as well as The Pub, an in-store full-service family restaurant known for fresh, seasonal food and local craft beer. Visit www.wegmans.com/charlottesville for store details, Wegmans Shoppers Club sign up, driving directions, and a countdown to the grand opening.
The Wegmans Charlottesville leadership team is as follows:
Store Manager Chris DePumpo
After graduating from Elmira College, Chris DePumpo worked for a drug store chain and a different grocery company in his hometown of Sayre, PA. His Wegmans career began in 1993 as a night manager in Johnson City, NY. DePumpo later moved back to Pennsylvania, working for Wegmans stores in Scranton and Wilkes Barre. He went on to become a merchandising area manager in the company’s first Maryland store, located in a suburb of Baltimore. From there, he trained in perishable departments to prepare for his next assignment as store manager in Fredericksburg, VA in 2009. DePumpo and his family moved to Charlottesville in 2015 to begin building and developing his team of 550 in preparation for the Charlottesville store opening.
Executive Chef Jason Voos
Jason Voos got his love of cooking from his grandmother who made traditional Polish meals from scratch. His first part-time job was in the seafood department at Wegmans in his hometown of Pittsford, NY. He later became a Wegmans management intern, learning through hands-on rotations in each department. After graduating from Johnson & Wales University, Voos continued working his way up as a cook, culinary team leader, sous chef, and then executive chef. He will oversee the culinary team that provides the restaurant-quality prepared foods Wegmans is known for, with mix and match self-serve food bars, subs, hot soup, fresh sushi, The Pub, and more - all for in-store dining or takeout. Chef Voos lives in Louisa.
Pharmacy Area Manager Kim Elliott, Pharm D.
Kim Elliott, Pharm D., joined Wegmans in 2005 as a part-time cashier in Corning, NY. There she honed her customer service skills and also worked at the Wegmans Organic Farm before becoming a pharmacy technician and intern while attending the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. After graduation, Elliott relocated to Northern Virginia to support Wegmans pharmacies. As pharmacy area manager, she will now lead the Charlottesville pharmacy and its staff, helping employees and customers live healthier, better lives. Pharmacy services include immunizations, auto-refill of prescriptions, free home shipping, pet medications, and competitively low prices on select generic prescriptions.
Perishable Area Manager Carl Shubert
Carl Shubert began working at Wegmans in 1984 and has experience in a variety of positions, including customer service in produce, produce department manager, service team leader, front end manager, general merchandise, service area manager, and merchandising area manager. As perishable area manager in Charlottesville, he will oversee product quality, sales, and employee development for the produce, floral, bakery, seafood, meat, cheese, and deli departments. Shubert will ensure Wegmans’ high standards for the freshest ingredients are met and employees are prepared to share in-depth food knowledge with Wegmans customers. Shubert resides in Louisa.
Merchandising Area Manager Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan became a Wegmans employee in 1989. A Louisa resident, he previously served as a meat clerk, seafood team leader and department manager, research and development manager, service team leader, and service area manager. In his role at the Charlottesville store, he’ll supervise employee development, merchandising and sales for several departments, including grocery, dairy, frozen foods, Nature’s Marketplace and general merchandise. Ryan will work collaboratively across the store to ensure that products are well stocked and beautifully displayed to make grocery shopping outstanding for Wegmans customers.
Service Area Manager Mike McCarthy
Mike McCarthy resides in Charlottesville and has been a Wegmans employee since 1993. A graduate of the University of Rochester, he started with Wegmans as a front end coordinator before taking on roles as a night manager, front end manager, and service area manager. At Charlottesville, he will lead the front end, service desk, helping hands (parking lot attendants) and accounting office. McCarthy will ensure incredible customer service is delivered every day, which is a point of distinction at Wegmans. He will also oversee local community giving, carrying out Wegmans’ commitment to make a difference in every community it serves.