The doors to Wegmans’ 91st store, located at Foundry Row in Owings Mills, Maryland open at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18. This marks the second Wegmans in Baltimore County. The first, located in Hunt Valley, opened in October 2005. The new store is expected to draw customers not only from western Baltimore County, but also from eastern Carroll County and southern Pennsylvania.
Store Manager Matt LePore is ready to lead the 475 employees who will deliver on the 100-year-old company’s promise to its customers: every day you get our best. His career at Wegmans began 19 years ago when he was a part-time cashier and parking lot attendant after school.
“You just don’t realize what these jobs can turn into,” he says. “At that time, I was only thinking about short-term goals. But before long, I realized I had found a career.”
A Wegmans employee scholarship recipient, LePore continued his education, graduating with a business management degree from The State University of New York College at Brockport. He remained with the family-owned company, steadily rising through the ranks before becoming the manager of Wegmans’ Frederick store in 2012. He and his family moved to Westminster in 2015 to begin preparations for the Owings Mills store opening.
At 109,000 square feet, the Owings Mills store is Wegmans’ eighth location in Maryland. It has a light and airy feel, an open floor plan on a single level, and a Timber Room seating area in the Market Café, with high ceilings, rustic wood beams, and a cozy fireplace. The store also features one of Wegmans’ popular restaurant concepts, The Burger Bar.
“I’m obsessed with our burgers,” LePore says of this counter-service area offering classic all-beef burgers, plus turkey burgers with onion jam, a vegetarian burger, fries, milkshakes, salads, and breakfast sandwiches. The store also offers a full complement of prepared foods, including selections from the Asian bar, sushi, pizza, subs, a seasonal roster of chef-developed entrees, sides, and more.
Among the 65,000 individual products carried are more than 8,000 packaged Kosher items, 3,000 organic products, up to 700 produce offerings, 300 imported and domestic cheeses – including Wegmans own cave-aged cheeses – a wide array of international ingredients, and whole fish delivered daily and cut to order.
“Talking with folks in and around Owings Mills,” says LePore, “I’ve loved how they already call the store ‘my Wegmans.’ We’re going to do our best to earn that honor every day. We will work hard to be the first choice for our customers, our employees and our community.”