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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Four part-time Wegmans employees have visited every one of the chain's 70 supermarkets, as well as the corporate headquarters here, on a four-day trip through five states, according to a local press report.
"We love the company so much, we thought it would be fun to do it," Trevor Brown, one of the vacationers, told The Buffalo News. His fellow travelers were Taralea Davis, Jennifer Douglas, and Laura Gerwitz. The four friends, who are in their 20s, all work at a Wegmans on Amherst Street in Buffalo, N.Y.
The idea started as a joke among the four, but soon took hold as a serious goal, aided by online mapping technology to plan the trip. Wegmans, which only found out about the trip right before the group left, issued them "passports" with space for imprints from the mailing stamps each store uses, and informed the stores of the employees' visits.
The journey began May 18. In a single day the quartet stopped at 41 stores in the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse areas. Over the next few days, they journeyed to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia, forsaking sleep to visit stores. At their final stop, at a location in West Seneca, N.Y., they were presented with a cake.
At each supermarket, the workers were photographed holding a sign they brought along identifying the store they were visiting, and had their "passports" stamped. They also received plenty of free food.
"We loved this story and all that it says about the curiosity and enthusiasm of our people for what they do," company president Colleen Wegman said in a statement.