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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Wegmans plans Charlotte store in 2026

In 2026, Charlotte may stop hearing about how the Triangle has Wegmans while the Queen City doesn’t.

Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans Food Markets and Northwood Investors plan a 110,000-square foot store at the Ballantyne campus. New York-based Northwood paid $1.2 billion for Ballantyne Corporate Park in 2017.

The new store will be on the park’s east side on North Community House Road with a tentative opening of 2026. The site is a half mile from the new Bowl at Ballantyne development, where tenants including Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, North Italia and Roosters are expected to open this year.

The family owned supermarket chain wins industry kudos for its wide variety of seafood, meat, bakery, deli, and cheese options, along with many ready-to-eat offerings. More than 3,000 people stood in line when its first N.C. store opened in Raleigh in 2019.

The store will have a market café with indoor and outdoor seating for customers.

Wegmans has 110 stores, $12 billion in annual sales and 53,000 employees. There are four stores in Wake County with a fifth expected to open in Holly Springs in 2027. It also has a store in Chapel Hill.

Danny Wegman, part of the third generation, is chairman, while Colleen Wegman, a fourth-generation family member, is CEO. It started in Rochester, New York, in 1916.

Wegmans tends to compete for more affluent customers. It will face off with Publix, Kroger’s Harris Teeter brand, Amazon’s Whole Foods Market and Fresh Market in the south Charlotte area, which has some of the highest-income zip codes in North Carolina.

David Mildenberg
David Mildenberg
David Mildenberg is editor of Business North Carolina. Reach him at dmildenberg@businessnc.com.

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