Wegmans To Open At Former Astor Place Kmart Location


Wegmans, an upstate grocery store chain, will take over the previous Kmart web site in Astor Place, the corporate introduced on Thursday.

It is going to be the primary to open in Manhattan and the second in New York Metropolis, after the grocery store and its devoted following descended on the Brooklyn Navy Yard two years in the past.

Deep breaths, Wegmaniacs: the longer term grocery store is not scheduled to open till the second half of 2023, because the developer, Vornado Realty Belief, works to transform the present ghostly iteration of the borough’s final Kmart into an area worthy of what some think about to be the world’s greatest grocery retailer.

The beloved meals emporium started as a Rochester-based vegetable pushcart within the early twentieth century, and now operates 106 shops alongside the East Coast. The suburban-style shops are identified for his or her monumental footprint and mountains of gleaming produce, in addition to a considerable variety of eat-in choices.

Regardless of transferring to Manhattan, Wegmans will not be downsizing. The shop will occupy the road degree and basement of 770 Broadway — a mixed 82,000 sq. footage, or 8,000 greater than their Brooklyn counterpart.

Not like the outer-borough model, the longer term Wegmans shall be simply accessible by mass transit, doubtless eliminating the necessity for 700 parking areas.

We have reached out to the grocery store and Vornado about whether or not the lease will impact the secret 6 train entrance within the basement — we’ll replace if hear again.

In early July, New Yorkers mourned because the Astor Place Kmart shuttered with out discover; whereas the shop was unwelcome when it first arrived in 1996, it was ultimately embraced by locals, although upon its closure most had bother expressing why that was.