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Wegmans grocery store chain eyeing first N.C. location

Popular grocery store chain Wegmans Food Markets is eying its first North Carolina location in Cary, but isn’t disclosing plans for other stores in the state.
Popular grocery store chain Wegmans Food Markets is eying its first North Carolina location in Cary, but isn’t disclosing plans for other stores in the state. AP

Popular grocery store chain Wegmans Food Markets is eying its first North Carolina location in Cary, but isn’t disclosing plans for other stores in the state.

Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans is an 88-store family-owned company that is ranked as one of the top supermarket chains in the country. It’s looking at a site across the street from Cary Towne Center, in the suburban town west of Raleigh.

Wegmans spokeswoman Jo Natale said the company is working through lease negotiations and hopes to have a final agreement in the first quarter of this year. She said she couldn’t “speak to the possibility of future sites” in North Carolina.

The Charlotte area is already experiencing a boom in new grocery stores. Florida-based Publix has been expanding in the city, Harris Teeter has been adding new locations and Whole Foods Market has broken ground on a new uptown location.

Wegmans, with locations in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts, boasts a “European open-air market feel” with a pharmacy, ready-made meals, a pizza shop, coffee shop and more. The company plans to open at least 13 more stores in the coming years, according to the Wegmans website.

Wegmans was ranked the No. 1 supermarket in the country in 2015 in Consumer Reports’ annual survey of customers. Out of 68 chains, it ranked high in freshness, baked goods and overall shopping experience. It was one of three chains, including The Fresh Market and Whole Foods, that earned high scores for produce. The (Raleigh) News & Observer contributed.

Rick Rothacker: 704-358-5170, @rickrothacker

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