May 31, 2010 |
CASS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Wegmans fresh-produce warehouse here in central Pennsylvania offers a glimpse of a long-touted fuel of the future. Instead of traditional lead-acid batteries, the supermarket operator is using hydrogen fuel cells to power the electric forklifts and pallet trucks used to load trailers for deliveries of potatoes, strawberries, and mangoes to many of its stores, including the five in the Philadelphia area. "They're great," said Wegmans employee Dave Kloos recently while pumping a pallet truck's suitcase-size fuel cell unit full of hydrogen from a hose, a process that takes about three minutes.
February 17, 2010 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania may be the birthplace of freedom and the bedrock of liberty - but not if you want to buy beer. That was the battle cry yesterday at a crowded rally in the Capitol Rotunda organized by Sen. John C. Rafferty Jr. (R., Montgomery), who wants to overhaul the state's beer laws, many of which date back to Prohibition. Rafferty's proposal is simple: He wants to make it easier for the consumer to buy a six-pack. But that idea faces a tough fight in a state that historically has been loath to make any radical changes in how residents buy their suds.
February 6, 2010 |
Bags of baby spinach inhabited the display case once occupied by now- sold-out meat. A long line waited at the deli counter. By mid-morning yesterday, the bagels were disappearing as soon as they popped out of the oven. Even if this weekend's snow doesn't turn out to be the perfect storm, it was the perfect storm threat for the giant Wegmans grocery in Downingtown. "Insane is an understatement," said manager Kevin Russell, in amazingly good cheer for someone who had just worked a 15-hour day. "Insane in a really good way. " Wegmans was braced for the typical pre-storm rush of panic shoppers, but as early as 9 a.m. Thursday, Russell knew he was dealing with a stampede.
October 12, 2009 |
By the time several hundred Wegmans employees had massed inside the new Collegeville supermarket to perform the traditional opening-day cheer early yesterday morning, lines of shoppers already were snaking along two sides of the building. Brian Hanlon of Pottstown had arrived with friend Peter Kuhn at 6 a.m. - an hour before the official 7 a.m. opening - so they could be the first to check out the baked goods and get a taste of the opening-day hoopla. "We usually go to the Downingtown Wegmans, but this is closer," Hanlon said.
March 30, 2009 |
When the salon where she styled hair closed this month, Leslie Kriebel, who also drives a school bus and prepares meals as a personal chef, decided the time had come to do something different. So she applied for work at Wegmans, the premium supermarket chain, which has 550 job openings at a store it will open in Collegeville in October. "Food still seems to be selling, thank God," said Kriebel, 48, who lives in Telford. Kriebel's passion for food makes her an attractive prospect, but she faces plenty of competition during a recession that has pushed unemployment from 4.9 percent a year ago to more than 8 percent and thrown 5 million out of work.
February 28, 2009 |
Wegmans, the high-end grocery chain that has built five markets in the Philadelphia region in six years, said yesterday that it would hire about 600 workers for a store in Collegeville due to open in October. Hiring for the new 132,000-square-foot store - which will feature what is being billed as the first pub in a Southeastern Pennsylvania supermarket restaurant - will begin this month, with interviews taking place the final week of March, said Blaine Forkell, a 26-year Wegmans veteran who will manage the store.
January 8, 2009 |
The watchword for 2009 is less , as in: getting by on less; using less expensive ingredients; eating out less often. And more home cooking. The trend will affect families at all points along the culinary spectrum. Bon Appetit magazine, for example, suggests its home cooks substitute truffle oil for more expensive truffles, while Wegmans supermarkets say sales of supplies for home baking and canning are way up. "Over the last year, we've seen increased sales of baking ingredients such as flour, even over the spring and summer when flour prices were rising dramatically," says Josephine Natale, spokeswoman for the supermarket chain.
September 22, 2008 |
Don't plan to pick up a bottle of chenin blanc along with that lemon pepper rotisserie chicken at Wegmans in Cherry Hill any time soon. Wegmans has had access to a liquor license for almost a year, but the supermarket chain is still deciding whether to set up a liquor store adjacent to the supermarket or put it elsewhere in the Marketplace at Garden State Park, spokeswoman Jo Natale said. Cherry Hill does not permit liquor sales in a supermarket. Jason Wehle, a son-in-law of chief executive officer Danny Wegman, paid $500,000 in October 2007 for the retail liquor license formerly held by Corkscrewed on Marlton Pike.
May 19, 2008 |
As a guy who's spent his entire working life running a beer distributorship, I often ask my customers, "What's good about selling beer in convenience stores?" The answer runs something like this: "It's convenient. You can stop for gas, and get beer and cigarettes at the same time. " Now, I can't be the only person who sees a problem with making it easy to buy beer and gasoline in one convenient location. And even though I live in Luzerne County, I know that people in Philadelphia's neighborhoods already are troubled by "convenience stores" that are more than a little careless about checking IDs for underage drinking and that all too often become nuisances in otherwise peaceful residential neighborhoods.
March 3, 2008 |
Just off the produce aisle in the newest supermarket here is a room with concert-like flat screens, rows of seats and a massive stove beneath video cameras. This is the cooking school at Super Giant. It is next to the dietitian's office. Which is next to the wireless cafe. Which is by the free day-care center and valet checkout. A sprawling wing upstairs is called the community center. Its meeting rooms resemble what you'd see at a hotel. Did we mention this is a grocery store?