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It’s New, It’s Huge and It’s Extraordinary

Wegmans Grocery StoreOur stomachs were rumbling and when we opened the refrigerator door all we found was a bottle of ketchup and a can of tuna fish.  We were desperate and knew that the time had come; we had to make a trip to the grocery store.  Our mailbox had been filling with coupons and store specials from some new comer to the area and we decided oh what the heck lets check them out.

So off we went for what we thought would be a simple run to the grocery store.  As soon as we pulled into the parking lot I was ready to run the other way.  But I was outvoted and in we went.  It was HUGE.  I'm talking MEGA.   And it was crowded.  I can't remember the last time I saw that many people at the grocery store at one time.  Especially on at noon in the middle of the week.  Don't these folks have jobs somewhere?

Could I find goat cheese?  Yes about 10 varieties.  Could I find seafood?  Absolutely and some of it was not anything I had ever seen in this part of the world before.  Vegetables including the "dreaded" tomatoes, with "it's okay to eat these signs", were front and center.  The list of what you could find or not because the store is so big is incredible.

Despite my protests we managed to spent time checking out what we might want to eat should we want to get a bit more exotic than our easy and light summer cooking.  The thought did cross our minds to pull up a chair at the seafood bar and have some oysters but we grew up with the mindset that you don't eat oysters in a month without an "r" in it so we passed.  Plenty of other folks were filling up the chairs both at the seafood bar and at the outside patio with prepared sandwiches.

So what is this new and extraordinary addition to Prince William County?  It is Wegmans.  Part of the new and upscale stores planned for the Shops at Stonewall situated between Route 1 and I-95 off of Nebesco Road.  If the crowds at Wegmans are any indication of how long the residents of Prince William County have waited for the store to open, then the county planners have made the right decision. 

It might take me a little while to get up the courage to fight the crowds again.  In the meantime we have enough food to keep us happy for awhile.  

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Comment balloon 8 commentsCindy Jones • June 17 2008 02:36PM

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Ive never been to a Wegmans but I hear they are wonderful  We are currently getting Lowes food stores here.  I hope thye live up to the hype.  The place looks great from the picture!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 10 years ago

Looks like you could get lost in there! I will have to wait until they come to So. Cal.

Posted by Tina Maraj, #1 Selling Agent in Fullerton 2016 714-403-7901 (RE/MAX North Orange County) over 10 years ago

But here's the real question. How are the prices?  And is it worth it?  Or is it a matter of, "If you have to ask, you can't afford it."?

A Wegmans is supposed to be coming to the Bowie area, too!  Sometime.   Wooooo!  Hoooo!

Posted by Ken Montville, The MD Suburbs of DC (RE/MAX United Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Ken-the prices seemed reasonable for what we put in our cart.  I think where they can really get you is on the prepared foods.  I looked at some of the price per pound labels and thought I'm going to have to sell a few more houses to afford that meal :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Jeremy-I'll admit I was sucked in by the veggies.  Loads of them and laid out well.  I'm just not a great grocery shopper.  I like to get in and get out but you could make a day trip out of this place.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Tina-bring back the small mom and pop grocery store would be my mantra.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

OK, Cindy, we need to to go there for lunch!  I went to Harris Teeter today - they just opened a store in Adams Morgan and it's amazing, but no oyster bar!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Pat-Harris Teeter is at least a manageable size.  Wegmans made Costco seem small!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

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