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The last time the WaPo used the phrase was May 23, 2017:
Wegmans plans to open store at Fannie Mae site
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Wegmans, the regional supermarket chain with a legion of die-hard fans, is coming to Washington.
The company’s first D.C. store is set to take over a portion of the sprawling Fannie Mae headquarters on Wisconsin Avenue NW, across from Sidwell Friends School, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced Sunday.
Fannie Mae is scheduled to move out of the complex late next year, clearing the way for Wegmans to open by 2022, according to Richard Lake, founding partner of Roadside Development. The grocery store, which is expected to take up about 80,000 square feet, will be located on the lower level, with an entrance at the back of the building, Lake said.
Wegmans’s arrival in the District – which it has been eyeing for years – is part of a broader expansion in the region. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company opened its first Virginia store in 2004 and expanded to Maryland the following year. The company now has 10 locations in Virginia and eight in Maryland. Stores are planned for Tysons Corner and Chantilly.
“People know them and love them, but until now they’ve had to travel to the suburbs,” Lake said. “With this store, we’re bringing Wegmans right to their doorsteps.”
The D.C. location is to be one of the company’s smallest – and most urban – outposts. The chain, known for its sprawling stores, has in recent years begun planning more city-friendly alternatives. A Brooklyn location, Wegmans’s first in New York City, is expected to open next year.
But that’s not to say that the District’s first Wegmans will be small. The store will be about twice the size of the Whole Foods Market in Logan Circle, which measures 40,000 square feet. It will also be larger than Georgetown’s “social Safeway” (71,000 square feet) and the Giant at City Market at O (78,000 square feet). A newer suburban Wegmans is usually at least 120,000 square feet.
The last time I heard it called the Social Safeway with regularity was before they tore it down and built a new one.
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