Rochester-based Wegmans Food Markets has announced it plans to open its first Long Island supermarket.
The company said it is in contract to purchase 8.5 acres of the 28-acre DSW Plaza Shopping Center in Lake Grove, where it plans to build a 100,000-square-foot store.
The rest of DSW Plaza will continue to be owned and operated by Prestige Properties and Development, according to a Wegmans statement.
“We are delighted and proud Wegmans has chosen our DSW Plaza Shopping Center for their first location on Long Island,” Sam Shalem, chairman and CEO of Prestige Properties & Development, said in the statement. “Wegmans is a first-class asset and will be an incredible addition to Lake Grove and the surrounding communities. We look forward to partnering with Wegmans on this landmark location.”
Wegmans did not say when construction would start or when it expects the Lake Grove store to open.
This is not Wegmans first attempt at opening a store here. After signing letters of intent and entering into lease negotiations for a few retail spaces in Nassau and Suffolk counties in 2015 and 2016, the family-owned chain pulled out of those deals. The company had been considering sites in Holbrook, Huntington and Yaphank, as well as the former Sears property in Hicksville, according to industry sources. Observers told LIBN that Wegmans was likely frustrated by the lengthy and often onerous approvals process for new construction here and the non-union company was also peppered with significant pushback from unions and Long Island’s existing supermarket chains.
However, it appears Wegmans has since reconsidered, and it is once again advancing plans for its first Long Island location.
Founded in 1916 as the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company by brothers John and Walter Wegman, the business has evolved as a regional supermarket chain called Wegmans Food Markets. The chain has more than 50,000 employees and 106 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.
The company reported 2021 revenue of $11.2 billion.