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Wegmans in Concordville/Glen Mills?

I just read in the Kennett Paper that "Wegman's has applied to build a supermarket in Concord Township, Delaware County, on the south side of Route 1 east of Route 202." That puts it within striking distance of The Fresh Market, Whole Foods and Acme. Interesting...

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  1. I guess it's official! I saw that Concordville is listed on their New Stores List on Wegman's website. I am so excited that I no longer have to drive to Downingtown for Wegmans! I can really just excited that I can buy clotted cream anytime I want!

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    1. re: musicalglow

      If you're in the Concordville area, I'm guessing you can get clotted cream at The Fresh Market.

      1. re: musicalglow

        @musicalglow - I just saw this thread and had to double-check your user name to make sure I hadn't already been here and left that comment. Then I realized you said clotted cream, and I prefer Devon...other than that, ditto, ditto and more ditto.

        @CindyJ - Whole Foods also sells it, for a rather ridiculous price (and the last time I was there, there was ONE jar, and it had already been opened and had some goofy looking black stuff growing on it. No thanks).

      2. Any news on a timeframe for opening of the Concordville Wegmans? Has it been officially approved?

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        1. re: supersharpie

          The wegman's web site still says TBD...

          1. re: supersharpie

            From what I've read in the local newspapers, Wegmans is going through the process of filing applications, getting variances, permits, etc. The location will require the completion of the fourth and final section of a loop road that connects Routes 1 and 202. There are many details that need to be worked out and I haven't seen a proposed timeframe.

            Here's a link to one article that ran a few months ago: http://www.kennettpaper.com/article/2...

            1. re: CindyJ

              Wow! It's going to be a while! Thanks for sharing.

              1. re: musicalglow

                Yeah, I am going to assume it isn't going to open until early 2015 at this point.

                1. re: supersharpie

                  FYI, the plan gained final approval on 1/14/2014, construction will be starting by the end of the month. I think they are eying a 1st Quarter opening in 2015 although their website has not been updated to reflect that ETA yet.

                  1. re: supersharpie

                    I'm excited at the idea of having Wegmans in the area. It'll be a bit closer for me than the Downingtown store. It's an interesting location, though, right between Whole Foods and The Fresh Market. If I were a betting person I'd wager that WF will do just fine; TFM, however, is likely to suffer.

                    1. re: CindyJ

                      Like restaurants in the area, though, we seem to have an excess build-up of locations vs population growth. I do like Wegmans and will be glad to frequent them

                      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                        Hiya, FCF! I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

                        1. re: CindyJ

                          Grins....long long ago.about 20 years now, when we moved here there were 3 traffic lights from the airport to home.now there are 15. The area has seen an increase in population, but nowhere near to what we have seen in the rise of restaurants and supermarkets. Many of the old Restaurants have gone on or been consumed by chains. Pizza and Subs places and Italian Restaurants breed like the local Chinese stink bugs. We have moved as a society to more 'eating-out" but I still think there are too many places to get food per-capita than there was as little as 5 or 10 years ago, let alone 20.

                          1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                            That might all be true, FCF, but I can tell you that when we moved into the area, some 30+ years ago, I had to drive to Wilmington to do my everyday grocery shopping or even to get a BigMac. And restaurants...? Hugo's, Dilworthtown and Mendenhall Inn were all the nearby choices we had, so Wilmington was where we headed for a meal out. On balance, I've welcomed the population growth, as well as the explosion of super markets and restaurants.

                      1. re: supersharpie

                        This is pretty miraculous for me. Downingtown is just too far, but this would be just over 20 minutes from my house, well within range. Yay!

                        1. re: travelmad478

                          Wegmans offers so much in terms of cheeses, deli, prepared items and breads. Not to mention the breadth of the line items they carry. Fresh market Is going to be challenged, and many of those shoppers will move to Wegmans. Too glad to gave wegmans in backyard as malvern and downing town a bit far.

                          The Acme on 926 is already done, and can see the other locations experience customers moving away Shopping there is like 1970 w their brands, look and selection. As a kid who grew up with only acme thrilled to have these viable options today

                          Happy to see Wegmans and hoping fresh market survives.

                          1. re: Hansomejune

                            I think the Acme on 926 was done the day it opened. The Giant, between 926 and Rt. 1 is a fairly decent place to shop, but once Wegmans opens, Giant is likely to see a decline in business. I also hope The Fresh Market can hold its own; I really like that store.

                            1. re: CindyJ

                              And from what I hear, it will become a reality soon! My auto repair place that I dearly loved has been told to move (they are going up 202), because Wegmans wants to start on the ground.

                              Fresh Market is my wife's go-to place. I'm more a Giants shopper. With a Costco now opened, a Wegman's coming in, and a new butcher place further down on 202, I don't see FM lasting much longer.

                              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                                I'm inclined to agree with you about FM, FCF, although I remain ever-optimistic. It's become my go-to place for coffee, and although WF also has a good selection of whole beans, TFM's prices are much better. I also love the "ambiance" of TFM -- the soft lights and classical music. Go figure!

                                About that new meat place -- I stopped by yesterday and picked up a couple of (choice) ribeye steaks for the grill. They were quite good. Also quite pricey.

                                1. re: CindyJ

                                  Yes.no bargains yet at the new meat mkt, but some decent, perhaps not spectacular meats. I do like their Applewood bacon, unsliced.as much for the unsliced as the applewood.

                                  FYI.as you pointed out, the Acme on 926 is history. Never many in the Glen Mills location. I have not been back into WF since its early days and the lousy reception we had their and don't ever expect to again, so i'll welcome the Wegmans...go there for the "goodies", Giants for the "basics", and Costco for the bargains. My wife will slide into TFM for her special items

                                  1. re: CindyJ

                                    Meanwhile in Hockessin we still have the Acme.

                                    Uggh

                                    And Giant if you want to schlep. And Janssen's if a schlep is worth the overpricing.

                                    1. re: sal_acid

                                      The beauty is that it's about the same schlep to Wegmans as it would be to Giant. So I can do that schlep, at least when I need good meat and good bulk items. Acme...ugh is right. The only thing that place is good for is Saran wrap.

                                      1. re: travelmad478

                                        LOL.
                                        But Giant is in Kennett...~15 minutes. Wegman's in Glen Mills is way farther than that, no?

                                        Although I said I'm in Hockessin, I'm actually in Landenberg. Nobody knows where Landenberg is. No stores except a slowly dying place that's been there for about 130 years in one form or another. Good for coffee and sandwiches, and beefaroni.

                                        1. re: sal_acid

                                          Aha, when I think of Giant I think of the one on 202 (I used to work across the street). I didn't even know there was a Giant in Kennett!

                                          I know where Landenberg is (my best friend lives there and we run every week from her house into White Clay Preserve). The Landenberg Store is very cute, but I think the only thing I've ever gotten in there was a cup of tea and a bad Danish.

                                          1. re: travelmad478

                                            :)
                                            You friend may well be my neighbor.

                                            1. re: sal_acid

                                              My friend lives on London Tract Rd. And years ago, when I lived in Wilmington, another great friend of mine lived on Peter Christopher Drive, off Strickersville Rd. For the longest time I could not get it into my head that both of those places were, in fact, Landenberg--my routes to get to them were completely different!

                                              1. re: travelmad478

                                                I live on LTR myself....

                                                Your friend play tennis a lot?

                                                1. re: sal_acid

                                                  Yes she does, and I assume we are talking about the same person! Two Pomeranians live in the house...

                                                    1. re: sal_acid

                                                      I would say "welcome to Delaware", except of course we are talking about Pennsylvania :-)

                                            2. re: travelmad478

                                              The Giant in Kennett would be an easy trip for you, Travelmad -- MUCH closer than the Dilworthtown location.

                                              1. re: travelmad478

                                                I believe there are 2 Giants...one in the old Genuardis on Rte 1.the other on the far end of town

                                          2. re: sal_acid

                                            It's hard to believe that Acme's got no nearby competition. Every time I drive down that way it seems there's more (residential) development which could easily support another supermarket.

                                            Janssen's -- how the heck do you even get there from Hockessin?

                                            1. re: CindyJ

                                              To Janssen's from Hockessin: Creek Rd. is your friend. Janssen's is 10 minutes from my house. Of course, I never go there anyway because their prices are so ridiculous.

                                              I never have the idea to go to Kennett for grocery shopping, but I should. That Giant is less than 15 minutes from me.

                                                1. re: sal_acid

                                                  I remember once trying to get to Trolley Square from Hockessin. It felt like a VERY long trip.

                                                    1. re: sal_acid

                                                      I did that trip about ten thousand times when I was in the process of renovating my Hockessin house while still living in Trolley Square. It's an 18-minute ride :-) And once I even ran it...10 miles door to door. So to me it doesn't seem onerous!

                                                      1. re: travelmad478

                                                        It is a good thing that Wilmington isn't right next to Hockessin, I think.

                        2. Looks like fall of 2015! I'm super stoked.

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                          1. re: SushiFreak

                            Yep! Along with a bunch of other nationally recognized stores -- which will remain nameless until the contracts are signed.