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February 22, 2024

Wegmans constructing first grocery store in CT

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. has begun constructing its first grocery store in Connecticut.

Last year, Wegmans received zoning approval for a 91,600-square-foot grocery store at 47 Richards Ave. in Norwalk. Design plans show a stone and brick facade, with a cupula and a clocktower.

A 110,070-square-foot office building on the property needs to be demolished before the grocery store can be built. Demolition work is currently underway.

According to the plans, Wegmans will also redevelop neighboring properties at 677 and 651 Connecticut Ave., where two roughly 8,000-square-foot retail buildings will be constructed.

The site, which totals 12.3 acres, is located between Connecticut Avenue and Interstate 95.

Wegmans plans numerous site improvements, including planting 1,008 trees and shrubs.

The store, expected to open in 2025, is designed to feel like an “open-air market,” according to the zoning application. 

The store will sell fresh produce, artisan breads, baked goods prepared on premises, fresh meat and seafood, gourmet foods and household staples.

A cafe will be located on the second floor of the grocery store.

The grocery store will have 551 parking spaces in a two-level parking structure. There will be solar panels on the roof of the store and the parking garage, according to the application.

Wegmans said it is looking forward to entering the Connecticut market.

“Each year we receive hundreds of requests from residents for a store in Connecticut, so we’re excited to bring Wegmans to Norwalk and to get to know our new neighbors,” said Colleen Wegman, president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets. “Even before we open the doors to our new store, we’re committed to making a difference in every community we serve.”

Wegmans, a family-run business based in Rochester, New York, was founded in 1916. It operates 106 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina. 

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