New Wegmans Food Market Exhibit Coming to a Children's Museum Near You

Portsmouth, VA, March 27, 2019 -

Wegmans has partnered with the Children’s Museum of Virginia to renovate the market area in the museum. The new exhibit will mirror the actual Wegmans store – the first of its kind in the Hampton Roads area - which is scheduled to open on April 28 in Virginia Beach. Fabrication of the new Wegmans exhibit is underway and set to open to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

The Wegmans Food Market will feature a child-sized grocery shopping experience complete with play foods, checkout counters with moving conveyor belts, pretend coffee and smoothie bar, and café tables. 

Visitors will still experience the same local grocery store environment with updated graphics, new educational components, and role-playing stations to encourage kids to eat healthy.

The Children’s Museum of Virginia’s exhibits encourage a lifelong love of learning by providing fun and dynamic interactive exhibits. “We are grateful for the opportunity to have the support from a highly ranked grocery store such as Wegmans inside our museum.  This partnership is a great example of making our communities healthier and safer for our visitors”.

This generous gift is just one way Wegmans is connecting to and supporting its new community.

“With every store we open, we spend time getting to know the community and looking for opportunities that allow us to make an impact in the lives of our customers and employees,” said Mike Coyle, Wegmans Virginia Beach store manager. “Partnering with the Children’s Museum of Virginia has allowed us to create a space that helps children learn about healthy eating through play, and supports their growth and development, all while spending time with family.”

About the Children’s Museum of Virginia
Children step inside a world where bubbles grow bigger than they are, where the forces of energy electrify and spark their imagination, where they can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist, and more! The Children’s Museum of Virginia includes the Lancaster Antique Toy and Train collection – an attraction for kids of all ages as well as a modernized planetarium. It also features a Museum Gift Shop where children can take some imagination home with them.

Admission to the museum is free for members, $10 for children ages 2-17, $11 for adults, and discounts apply to seniors, AAA members, and military members with a valid ID. 

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a. m.  – 5 p. m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Mondays between Labor Day and Memorial Day (except Monday holidays). The Children’s Museum of Virginia is located at 221 High Street in downtown Portsmouth. 

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 98-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  The family 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 22 consecutive years, ranking #3 in 2019. 

Press Contact:
Wegmans Food Markets
Tracy Van Auker
Media Relations Coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com
Portsmouth Museums
Lynette P. James
Marketing Coordinator
757-393-8983
jamesl@portsmouthva.gov
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