Wegman's supermarket, the bulwark of big-time food retailing on S. Meadow St. , is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Ithaca this week.
Wegman's started in 1916 in Rochester as a family operation called the Rochester Food and Vegetable Company. It remains family-run and privately-held, with 70 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.
The company has been recognized for retailing excellence by the Food Network cable channel, which named it "Best Grocery Store" in 2007. For six consecutive years, Wegman's has appeared in the top 10 of Fortune magazine's annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list.
Longtime Ithacans can recall food shopping in the days before Wegman's as drab and occasionally disgusting. It was a must, for instance, to open all packaged meats once home to check the flip side for grayness.
A business recruiter in Ithaca told us this week that a visit to Wegman's is a recommended stop for job candidates from cities such as New York and Boston.
The store will celebrate tomorrow, Saturday 23 Feb., with cake and a DJ in the store from 2 - 4 pm.
for Ithaca Blog