News and Observer reporter Kathryn Trogdon discusses how Wegmans Food Markets is looking to open its first North Carolina stores in Cary. Video by Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. Produced by Ethan Hymanehyman@newsobserver.com
The New York-based grocer plans to open a 120,000-square-foot store on Wake Forest Road between Six Forks Road and Interstate 440, next to Trader Joe’s.
The Raleigh store would be Wegmans’ third foray into the Triangle market. The company has committed to sites in Cary and Chapel Hill.
“In addition to these, Wegmans is considering other sites in the Raleigh/Durham market, but until there are firm deals for each site, we are unable to share the locations or other details,” Jo Natale, Wegmans’ vice president of media relations wrote in an email.
Wegmans adds to the growing list of grocers entering an area that for years was dominated by Food Lion and Harris Teeter. This year alone, Raleigh council members approved plans for the city’s first Publix at the intersection of Leesville and Strickland roads, and German franchise Lidl announced plans to open a store at the corner of Wake Forest Road and Ronald Drive.
Wegmans will anchor a proposed shopping center called Midtown East, according to Chris Widmayer, a vice president with Regency Centers, a national developer working with ITB Holdings on the project.