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    Wegmans Opening Three Stores in Philly Area

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Wegmans Food Markets Inc. will be opening three supermarkets in the greater Philadelphia area, according to a local published report. The Northeast upscale retailer's Mount Laurel, N.J. store opened yesterday, while its Cherry Hill, N.J. location will debut in June and a Warrington, Pa. market will bow in December. Wegmans' earlier Philadelphia-area store, in Downington, Pa., opened in 2003.

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Wegmans Food Markets Inc. will be opening three supermarkets in the greater Philadelphia area, according to a local published report. The Northeast upscale retailer's Mount Laurel, N.J. store opened yesterday, while its Cherry Hill, N.J. location will debut in June and a Warrington, Pa. market will bow in December. Wegmans' earlier Philadelphia-area store, in Downington, Pa., opened in 2003.

    The move is likely to steal business from local restaurants as area residents flock to try out the retailer's vast selection of prepared foods and Market Café eat-in dining section, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Additionally, the grocer is coming into the south New Jersey market in a time of flux, with Wal-Mart, Costco, and Target already giving conventional grocers stiff competition.

    The Mount Laurel store measures 125,000 square feet and offers 70,000 items.

    Wegmans operates 69 stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, employing 35,000 associates.

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