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?
March 3, 2008 |
WILLOW GROVE, Pa. - 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?
February 21, 2008
Prints to plates Mounted over a buffet or as serving dishes on the buffet, these functional reproductions of original Marc Lacaze watercolors are an artful addition to any dining room. And the perfect hostess gift for your next weekend at a friend's Shore residence. (Dishwasher safe and microwaveable.) Soups and starters Shortcut your soup-making with a base of prepared stock or vegetable puree. Or enjoy these organic and natural broths and soups straight. Brands include Imagine Foods (a wide selection includes bisques and creamy vegetable purees)
January 5, 2008 |
Smokers, it seems, are going down like ducks in a shooting gallery, with 2008 emerging as the Year Of the Cigarette Ban. Capping a week in which smokers were booted to the curb in city after city across the globe, the Wegmans supermarket chain announced yesterday that it would stop selling cigarettes for the first time since its inception in 1916. The chain operates 71 stores, four of which are in the Philadelphia region. The decision, which takes effect Feb. 10, makes Wegmans Food Markets Inc. the highest-profile supermarket group known to have removed the beleaguered tobacco product from its shelves.
December 12, 2007 |
The Wegmans supermarket chain plans to open a liquor mart inside its Cherry Hill store, making it one of the few groceries in South Jersey to sell alcohol. Jason Wehle, a son-in-law of chief executive officer Danny Wegman's, paid $500,000 in October for the retail liquor license formerly held by Corkscrewed on Marlton Pike. Wegmans will carve out space in its Route 70 store to sell liquor, spokeswoman Jeanne Colleluori said yesterday. She said that planning was in the early stages, and that she did not know when liquor sales would begin.