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Wegmans Food Markets today announced the local leadership team managing its new Medford store, which opens Sunday, Nov. 5 at Meadow Glen on the north side of Mystic Valley Parkway at Locust St. This group consists of the store manager, executive chef, and three area managers who each supervise several Wegmans departments. Altogether, they bring 104 years of experience working for the family-owned company.
Hiring and training are ongoing for the Medford store and Wegmans Natick, which is set to open in spring 2018 at Natick Mall. Those who are interested in working at either location should apply online at Wegmans.com/careers. Both locations are also offering open interviews during select Wednesdays in October. For full details, please call the employment office in Medford at 781-322-0985 or Natick at 508-960-0104.
The Wegmans Medford leadership team is as follows:
Store Manager Kevin Russell
Kevin Russell began his career as a produce clerk at Wegmans’ Corning, New York, store in 1986. Two years later, he was the store’s produce night manager. As opportunities opened up, he moved from one assignment to the next, mainly in stores in New York’s Southern Tier and Pennsylvania. He rose from night managerial positions to perishable manager, then assistant store manager. Russell became a store manager in 1999, just 13 years after joining Wegmans, and most recently managed the Burlington, Massachusetts location. He will oversee the store’s 450 employees and is currently building the team that will deliver the incredible customer service Wegmans is known for in Medford.
Executive Chef Arlo Trainor
Arlo Trainor got a delicious taste of his future when he took a summer job before college at Carmella’s Italian Kitchen in Brookfield, the town where he grew up. He opened his own restaurant, Arlo’s North End, in 2003 and sold the restaurant in 2010 to find a better work-life balance. Trainor interviewed with Wegmans and was hired in 2011 to work in prepared foods at the Northborough store. He was named sushi team leader in 2012, sous chef in 2013, store chef in 2015, and executive chef in 2016. The Medford store will be the first that Trainor has opened, giving him a key role in the hiring and training of some 120 culinary employees who will report to him.
Perishable Area Manager Ted Kamas
Ted Kamas began working at Wegmans in 1998 as a part-time cashier. He brings prior experience in a variety of positions as a management intern, management trainee, meat and seafood manager, employee representative, service area manager, and merchandising area manager. As perishable area manager in Medford, Kamas will oversee the produce, floral, bakery, seafood, meat, cheese, and deli departments, ensuring Wegmans’ high standards for the freshest ingredients are met and employees are prepared to share cooking techniques and food knowledge with Wegmans customers.
Merchandising Area Manager Alicia Elliott
Alicia Elliott became a Wegmans employee in 1980, working part-time as a cashier. She went on to work in other areas as a night manager, front end manager, photo and video manager, pharmacy manager, produce manager, and service area manager. She has also worked in Wegmans corporate accounting. In her current role as merchandising manager, she’ll supervise the grocery, dairy, frozen foods, health and wellness, bulk, wine, liquor, beer, and home and entertaining departments. Elliott will work collaboratively across the store to ensure that the thousands of products that Wegmans offers are well displayed and well stocked.
Service Area Manager Paula Culhane
Paula Culhane started her Wegmans career in 2006 as a part-time cashier before taking on roles in cheese and seafood, a store operations internship, as seafood department manager, and most recently, as front end manager. At the Medford store, she will lead the front end, service desk, maintenance, Helping Hands, and accounting office as the store’s service area manager. Culhane’s priority is to ensure that incredible customer service is delivered every day. She will also oversee local community giving, carrying out Wegmans’ commitment to make a difference in every community it serves.
Wegmans Medford is a 120,000 sq. ft. supermarket that includes a Market Café with indoor and outdoor seating for more than 200, as well as The Burger Bar, an in-store restaurant counter that serves delicious burgers, fresh salads, flavorful sandwiches, specialty milkshakes, soup and sides. Visit http://www.wegmans.com/medford for store information, including Wegmans Shoppers Club sign up and driving directions.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 94-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.
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