By Bill Bostic
Linglestown Gazette summer intern Charles Zinn has gotten to the bottom of the ongoing controversy over Wegmans adding a second store in our area. In short, it’s not happening anytime soon.
A Wegmans official in the public relations department said there are no plans for building a Wegmans on the East Shore, unless you count the Lancaster area as part of the shore area.
Not only that, but the rumor that Wegmans doesn’t build stores within a 50-mile radius of each other has been debunked.
Here are the main criteria that must be met for a second store to be added to an area like the Harrisburg region:
1. The site must be large enough to accommodate a big-box store and have adequate parking, which requires a huge lot.
2. The location must be easy to find and get to.
3. When it comes to population density, the company looks for a high volume of people, both for customers and the employees that will serve them.
The East Shore at a minimum doesn’t meet #3 because out-of-towners don’t consider the Susquehanna River to be a dividing line when figuring out population density. The store on the West Shore counts folks on the East Shore as potential customers.
So, get used to driving the 25-30 minutes it takes in light to moderate traffic to get to Wegmans in Silver Spring Township for the foreseeable future.
Charles Zinn contributed to this story.
Photo from The Carlisle Sentinel