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Wegmans to take Manhattan

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Second New York City store slated to open in 2023

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Wegmans Food Markets is bringing its heralded supermarket experience to Manhattan with the planned opening of a second New York City store in the second half of 2023.

The outlet will be located at 770 Broadway, the former site of the Astor Place Kmart store. Wegmans opened its first NYC store in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in October of 2019.

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The site of Wegmans first Manhattan store, 770 Broadway, courtesy of Vornado Realty Trust.

“We are so excited to bring Wegmans to Manhattan,” Wegmans Food Markets president and CEO Colleen Wegman said. “This is something we’ve been dreaming about and working toward for a long time. The community’s response to the opening of our Brooklyn store had an excitement and energy that you can only experience in New York City. You can feel that energy returning to the city, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

In a deal brokered by RIPCO Real Estate LLC, Wegmans signed an agreement to buy out Kmart’s lease at Astor Place, and entered into a 30-year lease with Vornado. Wegmans will occupy space on both the street and lower levels of the building for a total of roughly 82,000 square feet. The building is located in the heart of Greenwich Village, at the nexus of downtown residential, retail and office locations, and occupies a full city block between 8th and 9th Streets and Broadway and Fourth Avenue.

The 1.2-million-square-foot landmarked building was originally the home of the Wanamaker’s department store.

“We are delighted to be part of bringing the beloved Wegmans to Manhattan,” said Steven Roth, Vornado’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Wegmans is one of a kind and will be a best-in-class addition to Manhattan, both for the local neighborhoods and as a destination for residents from across the island. We look forward to partnering with Wegmans’ talented team on the opening of this signature location.”

Wegmans made its New York City debut in 2019 with the opening of an outlet in Brooklyn. The store, the chain’s 101st, drew a crowd that included self-identified “Wegmaniacs” from the retailer’s hometown of Rochester, N.Y., as well as Brooklynites eager to find out what the fuss was about. What they found was an extensive selection of prepared foods — including everything from sushi to pizza to Buffalo wings — and staffed counters offering meats, cheeses, baked goods and deli items. The store has a cookie station, a coffee station, a salad bar, a sushi bar and a burger bar where shoppers who don’t care for beef patties can order lobster rolls, crab cakes or chicken sandwiches instead.

That store has proven to be a good neighbor to the community, according to Lenny Singletary, chairman of Brooklyn’s Community Board 2.

“Wegmans has been a reliable partner in our Brooklyn community since day one, from local hiring of NYCHA neighbors to feeding first responders at the height of the pandemic,” Singletary said. “I’m confident Wegmans’ commitment to community will serve their new neighbors in Manhattan well and foster a positive experience.”

 


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