Wegmans coming to East Shore?

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.
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Charles Zinn contributed to this story.
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Photo from The Carlisle Sentinel

 

 

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