Wegmans Brings Their Best to Lancaster
Jun 29, 2019 12:59AM
● By Maria Frances
Wegmans strives to help their customers live a healthier, better life through food by their simple commitment, “Every day you get our best.” Store manager Jimmy Bellis, who leads a team of 475 employees at the Wegmans Lancaster location says, “We’re all here for the same reason: our customers. Our aim is to make food shopping a pleasure rather than a chore.”
Wegmans in Lancaster opened this past September and is building strong partnerships with nearby growers. A large variety of different fruits and vegetables are available, including many organic choices. In season, locally-grown produce picked daily and delivered directly to the store is offered for sale. Cleaned, cut and ready to use fruit and vegetable items, like veggie noodles and cauliflower rice, are also available.
The Wegmans Organic Farm and Orchard in Canandaigua, New York tries different organic and season-extending growing techniques. Continuous work is done to grow the best-tasting varieties and extend the northeastern growing seasons, making local farms more economically sustainable. Learnings from the farm are then shared with Wegmans’ partner growers.
Executive Chef Keith Briggs and his team of 100 culinarians provide the latest innovations the chain has to offer. “My focus is to make sure that our customers have the best shopping experience,” he enthuses. “I want them to feel happy and at home when they visit the store.”
Customers can enjoy authentic Italian pizza from a custom rotating brick-hearth oven; a made-to-order salad station with fresh greens, grains and protein options; and Pennsylvania’s first Burger Bar, Wegmans’ family-friendly, casual restaurant that serves delicious burgers and sandwiches, fresh salads, soup, sides, kids’ meals and beer and wine by the glass. Menu items can be enjoyed in the seating area or taken to go.
The seafood department showcases fully traceable and sustainable seafood––processed without chemicals––delivered daily from ports on the east coast, across the country and around the world. Customers can also have fresh shellfish steamed at no extra charge, including lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams and crabs to go, as well as ready-to-cook items.
Sushi is made fresh daily, in a variety of vegetable, cooked and raw made-to-order selections.
Ready-to-cook entrees and pre-marinated meats in a variety of flavors are also available. In addition to conventional meat, Wegmans also offers organic beef, pork, chicken, lamb, bacon and sausage, including meat options with no antibiotics or added hormones. Wegmans Angus beef raised regionally near its stores, and a dry-aging case, are also featured in the meat department.
The bakery offers European-style artisan breads and rolls, featuring whole grain options, and items made with organic ingredients and grains grown near Wegmans stores. Other bakery offerings include more than 30 varieties of Cookie Shop cookies baked fresh throughout the day, water-boiled bagels, petite pastries, decorated cakes, cupcakes, specialty chocolates, donuts, muffins and desserts.
Specialty and artisan cheeses produced domestically or imported from around the world are available for purchase. The temperature and humidity-controlled misting case offers premium cheeses aged in the Wegmans Cheese Caves. The Mediterranean Bar features more than 70 items, such as imported and domestic olives, hummus, fresh mozzarella, marinated mushrooms, artichokes, roasted peppers and antipasti, all sold by the pound.
The Natural Wellness area has a focus on solutions for customers with special dietary needs and interests, such as a dedicated section of gluten-free and allergen-free products, plant-based foods, fermented foods and functional beverages. New and innovative products, a large selection of premium and loose-leaf teas and an assortment of active nutrition products, like protein powders and sports bars, round out the selection.
“There’s a strong sense of community support in Lancaster,” Bellis says. “I’m thrilled to be here and eager to show how Wegmans makes a difference.”
Wegmans Food Market, located at 2000 Crossings Blvd., in Lancaster, is open 24 hours, seven days a week. For more information, call 717-358-9500 or visit Wegmans.com.