Although the Woodbridge and Bridgewater stores are huge (about 75,000 sf), newer stores like that in Stafford VA exceed 100,000 sf. Unless Wegman's moves an existing license, this store would not have liquor inside the facility. That's not to say that one of the Wegmans kids wouldn't buy a license and open up a store alongside the supermarket. [ETA clarity]
The DePiero family plans to close their iconic produce market — one of the last of its kind in North Jersey — so that Wegmans can build a store on 27 of the 55 acres. This follows the demise of the nearby Van Riper and Tice farms as the county’s dwindling number of open spaces are acquired for development.
The borough and the county made a strong effort to buy the DePiero land to preserve it.
Owner Glen DePiero declined to give details of the deal Tuesday, but Wegmans has acknowledged that it is interested in a Montvale location, and the company’s website lists the farm address as one of 10 locations along the East Coast for future stores.
DePiero would say only that “we will still be farming, and still be farming in Montvale,” adding that the full plan will be revealed at a meeting of the borough zoning board on May 29. Wegmans plans would need local approvals.
Squeezed by declining revenues, competition from supermarkets and rising costs, the few remaining family farms have found it tough to remain profitable, and difficult to resist lucrative offers to sell.
Edited by Rail Paul, 16 May 2012 - 08:35 PM.