Last updated on November 9th, 2016 at 10:03 am
Wegmans opened its newest store—in Charlottesville, Virginia—on Sunday. It marks the last of four Wegmans units opening this year; the others debuted in Midlothian and Short Pump, Virginia, in May and August, respectively, and Owings Mills, Maryland, in September.
The 120,000-s.f. Charlottesville unit is at the intersection of Interstate 64 and 5th Street. It is the grocer’s 10th store in Virginia and offers more than 60,000 products, including up to 700 fresh produce items, hundreds of imported and domestic cheeses, a seafood market with whole fish delivered daily, a full-service restaurant called The Pub, an array of prepared foods from Executive Chef Jason Voos and his culinary staff of 150, as well as a Market Café with indoor and outdoor seating for nearly 250.s
Store manager Chris DePumpo says that, at Wegmans, “It’s all about the people. He says his aim in Charlottesville is to see that the store’s 550 employees deliver incredible customer service. DePumpo adds that Wegmans’ values are the guiding principles he follows: caring, respect, high standards, empowerment and making a difference in the community.
“Our success rests on respecting other employees and our customers—taking the time to listen intently and taking action when appropriate,” he says. “When we do this together, we grow stronger as a team.”
DePumpo says he hopes to make Charlottesville-area residents fall in love with Wegmans.
“I want a successful store, and I measure success not only by sales, but also by the smiles of the people I work with. I believe that if we stay true to who we are, if we show our employees caring and respect, they will give their best to our customers.”
Family-owned Wegmans, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, operates more than 90 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts.