Wegmans on pace to open first LI store in early 2025


Construction is going smoothly for Long Island’s first Wegmans.

The Rochester-based supermarket chain confirmed to Greater Long Island that its Lake Grove location is on target to open by early 2025.

“Everything is moving right along as expected,” said a Wegmans spokesperson on Wednesday, adding Wegmans is eyeing a 2025 first quarter launch.

The store is slated to be 95,000 square feet and will be located within the DSW Plaza at the old Toys “R” Us location.

Demolition on the Lake Grove site began in November after Wegmans secured the last of its permitting approvals.

Last month, Wegmans held a hiring event at its office at 2780 Middle Country Road, Suite 140, in Lake Grove. Once open, the store will be employing more than 500 people, company officials said.

The Lake Grove team is also accepting online applications for a variety of entry-level management and full-time openings across every department, including culinary positions, as well as roles in perishable departments (seafood, produce, meat, and bakery).

“We are thrilled to be opening Wegmans in the vibrant and welcoming community of Lake Grove in 2025,” said Lake Grove’s store manager, Dawn Cooper. “We look forward to getting to know the community, supporting local initiatives, and creating a positive impact.

When the family-owned chain’s expansion to Long Island was announced in April 2022, Lake Grove’s mayor touted the “positive addition to our village” that would help boost retail in the area.

“The company has a reputation that will bring folks near and far into Lake Grove to do their shopping,” Mayor Robert Scottaline said at the time.

Wegmans operates 110 stores in eight states and has more than 53,000 employees. 

Reporting with Jose Martinez

Top: Construction crews at work building Long Island’s first Wegmans. (GLI Photo/Nick Esposito)

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