If you've heard of Wegmans, then you've inevitably heard good things. The upscale grocery chain has become a beloved one thanks to its wide-and-stellar selection of everything from gourmet cheeses to fresh-baked breads to locally sourced produced. And while that's not necessarily anything wild or new, when it's all offered with reasonable prices (overpriced markets, you know who you are), huge locations (no bumping carts with fellow shoppers), and employees who really do seem to want to be there (which, in turn, makes shoppers want to be there), it's clear that Wegmans lives up to the hype of being Consumer Reports' number one grocery store pick and, equally important, a favorite of both Cher and Alec Baldwin's Mom.
Now, we Bergen County folk are about to get our very own Wegmans. The chain will open its eighth store in New Jersey as it closes in on nearly 100 total – reaching as far north as Upstate New York and far south as Virginia. The 122,000-square-foot store (see, we said they were big) will be the anchor tenant at the new Shoppes at DePiero Farm, a $125 million retail marketplace that's being built on the site of the former family-run 28-acre farm that had been operating since the 1920s.
We can hopefully expect all the good stuff Wegmans is famous for. In addition to its own line affordable organic stuff, a killer wine department, a sushi bar, sub shop, and every other grocery category known to man, at most locations you'll also find cooking classes, an in-store restaurant, take-home dinners, wine tastings, and a pharmacy all under the same roof. If only they'd let us move in …
Wegmans, The Shoppes at DiPiero Farm, Montvale.