Finally a reason for Brooklynites to get excited that has nothing to do with the latest rooftop bar opening: Wegmans is coming to Brooklyn Navy Yard. This Wegmans location, the first of its kind in New York City, will open in 2017. Wegmans is the popular small-ish chain of 85 grocery stores concentrated in upstate New York and the Great Lakes region.
Wegmans is No. 2 on our list of the best supermarkets in America, ahead of Stop & Shop, Trader Joe's, and Costco. And for good reason. Wegmans is certainly a consumer favorite, offering an extensive beer selection (I’ll bet your supermarket doesn’t carry alcohol), prices that are more reasonable than big names like Whole Foods, and happy employees (Forbes ranked it the fifth best company to work for in 2013).
The grocery store will open on the site of Admiral’s Row, a grouping of Civil War-era homes, in early 2017. And it’s going to be huge: 74,000 square feet of space, larger than Brooklyn’s biggest Fairway and Whole Foods. The store promises to create 800 jobs total, and management will focus on hiring locals.
“People need not just good food, but good jobs,” third-generation owner Danny Wegman told The New York Times. “Brooklyn provides an incredible opportunity for both.”
Of course, people are pretty excited about the news across social media:
— Sean Flynn (@BuffaloFlynn) May 13, 2015
A phrase so beautiful it almost pains me to utter it: Wegmans in Brooklyn http://t.co/nTT9g9Z4s3
— Emily (@emilyhughes) May 13, 2015
Brooklyn's getting a Wegmans. This is the happiest day of my life. http://t.co/7btu2infEc
— F'D in Park Slope (@effedparkslope) May 13, 2015