Wegmans to open at Montgomery Mall

Posted: November 16, 2011

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. has signed a lease with the owner of Montgomery Mall to open a store at a Boscov's that went idle when that department store chain went through bankruptcy several years ago, mall officials said Tuesday.

Mall owner Simon Property Group Inc., said the new Wegmans in Montgomery County would replace a 125,000-square-foot Boscov's, but there was no word on when the store might open.

Wegmans spokeswoman Jo Natale said that the store would not be open in 2012 and that it was not yet clear whether the Rochester, N.Y.-based company would be able to fit the project into its schedule for 2013. Wegmans opens only about three new stores a year, she said.

"We have literally just signed the lease," Natale said. "We now have to work on fitting this into our schedule and then also on the final design plans. But our plan is to build a 125,000-square-foot store in Montgomeryville."

Natale said the company planned to demolish the old Boscov's and build its store from scratch.

The Wegmans in North Wales will be the first supermarket built at a Simon property mall, according to Simon, which also owns King of Prussia Mall and manages Oxford Valley Mall in the Philadelphia area.

"We are thrilled to have Wegmans join us at Montgomery Mall and honored that they have chosen our location to be their first in the Simon portfolio," John Ferreira, Montgomery Mall's general manager, said in a statement. "Our loyal Montgomery Mall shoppers will enjoy this wonderful enhancement to the property."


Contact staff writer Maria Panaritis at 215-854-2431 or mpanaritis@phillynews.com or @panaritism on Twitter.

 

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