Sunday can’t come soon enough for Wegmans’ Medford Store Manager Kevin Russell, the store’s 450 employees, and the eager residents who have called, emailed, and sent in social media comments since plans to bring Wegmans to Medford were announced in 2015.
“Wegmans coming to Medford, Ma?!,” wrote one resident in a tweet. “Don’t toy with my heart. Christmas might have come early this year!”
When the doors open, shoppers at the 120,000 sq. ft. store will be treated to everything they’ve come to love about Wegmans and then some, starting with the expansive produce department – a nod to the family-owned company’s humble beginnings as a produce pushcart in 1916. Customers will have a sense of visiting different shops as they move through the store, as one would in a European open-air market. What may be surprising to some is the consistent, low prices they’ll find and the choice of Family Pack sizes that can save 30% or more.
“Our Medford store also has two newer features that aren’t found in our other New England locations,” said Russell, a 31-year Wegmans employee. “The Burger Bar is a family-friendly in-store restaurant counter, serving burgers and sandwiches, salads, soup, sides, and beer and wine by the glass. The Pizza Shop here offers made-to-order pizzas baked in a custom rotating brick hearth oven, along with Sicilian-style pizza by the slice.”
Wegmans employees – those new to the company and seasoned veterans – have spent the last several months training and preparing for the opening. Why start so early? So they’re well prepared to provide incredible customer service right from the start.
“Customers want to learn where this food came from, how best to prepare it at home, and what else goes well with it,” said Medford Executive Chef Arlo Trainor. “The better we train our people, the better these conversations can be.”
Wegmans Food Market’s Medford store at 3850 Mystic Valley Parkway opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. Customers who arrive early on opening day, and are near the front of the line, can join employees in the Wegmans cheer at 6:55 a.m. Sound good? Take note: Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov 5.
– Submitted by Wegmans