Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a privately held American supermarket chain; it is headquartered in Gates, New York. As of September 2018, Wegmans has 98 stores in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions, in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Founded in 1916 in Rochester, Wegmans has appeared on Fortunes annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the list first appeared in 1998. In 2018, the company was ranked No. 2 on the list of best companies to work for, behind Salesforce.com.
Wegmans, having long planned to expand into New England, opened their first store in that region in Northborough, Massachusetts, on October 16, 2011. 2014 saw Wegmans opening two more Massachusetts stores, in Newton on April 27, and in Burlington on October 26. Its fourth Massachusetts store opened in Westwood on October 11, 2015. The eighth Maryland store opened in Owings Mills, Maryland in September 2016. In late 2016, Wegmans opened Virginia stores in Short Pump (August), Midlothian, and Charlottesville (November). The Hanover Township, New Jersey location opened in July 2017. The Montvale, New Jersey location opened in September 2017. The Medford, Massachusetts location opened on November 5, 2017. The Natick, Massachusetts location opened on April 29, 2018. The Chantilly, Virginia location opened on June 3, 2018. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania location opened on September 23, 2018. The Virginia Beach, Virginia location is scheduled to open on April 28, 2019. Two more locations are also scheduled to open in 2019, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the chain's first location in that state, and Brooklyn's Navy Yard, the chain's first location in New York City. Fourteen other locations are currently in the works, including Tysons Corner, Virginia; Harrison, New York, in Westchester County; Middletown, New Jersey; four other locations in North Carolina, which are in Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and West Cary; Arcola, Virginia; a second Alexandria location in Carlyle; Washington, DC, in the Fannie Mae section; Rockville, Maryland; Reston, Virginia; Annapolis, Maryland; and Greenville, Delaware, the chain's first location in that state. Wegmans grocery store coming to Harrison by Gabriel Rom, The Journal News December 14, 2016 Wegmans to Open at Brooklyn Navy Yard By MATT A.V. CHABAN, The New York Times May 12, 2015 Wegmans signs lease to build new store in Virginia Beach By Emily Satchell and Laura Caso for WAVY-TV.com; January 19, 2017, 7:21 pm Wegmans is coming to Washington By Abha Bhattarai for The Washington Post May 21, 2017
Most of Wegmans' newer stores are of the superstore or megamarket type, with a large area, a variety of foods aimed at an upscale clientele, and, in many stores, Market Café in-store dining areas. From 2002-2009, Wegmans owned and operated Tastings, a full-service restaurant at its Pittsford, New York store. Tastings was replaced with The Food Bar, a "seafood shack"-styled restaurant in the same space; and later with The Burger Bar, serving hamburgers. Next Door by Wegmans, a stand-alone restaurant operated by Wegmans, opened across the street from the Pittsford store in 2009.
In January 2007, Wegmans announced two business ventures: (1) opening a liquor store in Pittsford (adding to its two existing wine centers, in Virginia and New Jersey); and (2) the creation of a $28 million Culinary Innovation Center in Chili, New York, a corporate research and development facility, including a new central kitchen, replacing some of the operations at its meat center. The liquor store opened in April 2008 as Century Pittsford Wines. The store is . This business model has been replicated at three other New York Wegmans locations, in Buffalo, DeWitt and Johnson City. Ownership of each liquor store is held by a different member of the Wegman family due to New York State regulations prohibiting individuals or corporations from owning multiple liquor stores.
After Wegmans updated their logo to a script font, in November 2010, Walgreens filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Wegmans, claiming the "W" in the Wegman's logo was too similar to Walgreens. The lawsuit was settled in April 2011, with Wegmans agreeing to discontinue use of its "W" logo by June 2012, although the supermarket retains the right to use the "Wegmans" name in script. According to Jo Natale, Wegmans director of media relations, "The cost of making relatively minor changes to a limited number of products was much less than the cost of litigating this case to the end." Wegmans offers a pick-up service called "Personal Shopping" at select locations. In June 2017, Wegmans partnered with Instacart to provide home delivery service.
Wegmans has a loyal fan base of customers who have received recognition for their devotion, who have lined up overnight in the thousands for a new store opening, regularly write "" to the store to ask for one to open in a region not presently served, and in Northborough, Massachusetts, many high school students staged a musical about the store. Why Do So Many People Go Crazy for Wegmans? – How an upstate New York grocer found a national cult following By Robert Klara; February 12, 2016 HOW WEGMANS INSPIRED THE MOST RABID FANBASE IN THE GROCERY WORLD By PRIYA KRISHNA for Thrillist Media Group Published on October 2, 2017 The store's fans have their own Twitter hashtag " #Wegmania" and a Tumblr.