HANOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ- One of the largest shopping and dining experiences in the country is ready to open their doors in Morris County: Wegmans is coming to town on July 23.
Wegmans of Hanover Township is the ninth store to open in New Jersey, with 92 overall stores in six states. The origin of Wegmans dates back to 1916 when brothers Walter and John Wegman worked at their parents’ grocery store in Rochester, New York. Peddling produce from a pushcart moved on to opening Rochester Fruit and Vegetable Company a year later, which was the foundation of Wegmans Food Markets. Later they expanded to general groceries and bakery operations along with refrigerated display windows and vaporized water sprays to keep produce fresh.
The first suburban Wegmans opened in 1941, and by 1965, twenty-two stores were open and operating. Wegmans entry into New Jersey came in 2005 with a store opening in Princeton. The Hanover Township location is the third store opening for manager Tim Lockwood, who told TAPinto, "the community of Hanover Township has been incredibly welcoming and great to work with."
The store employs 500 people, most of who are local. “We are community minded, this is our community," Lockwood said. Supporting local farmers and sourcing local produce meats and products brings sustainability to the brand, “freshness uses less fuel”, he added. The company has also donated 110 million dollars in scholarships and support of local food pantries.
“We live by values, and high standards are most important along with service, quality and commitment to low prices,” Lockwood said. When asked about the existing shopping options he explained that every month nearly 500 products are assessed and that Wegmans is comparable to competitors.
The Hanover Township store promises to be a unique shopping experience. It is the first New Jersey location to include a Burger Bar. There is also an in-store pizza oven that cooks pizzas in minutes at 800 degrees. Wegmans is known for its organic salad bar, restaurant–quality take home ready, entrees and sides, their own “The Buzz Coffee Shop,” floral shop, housewares and over 50,000 products including more than 3,000 organic selections.
The opening in Hanover Township is set for July 23. For more information click here