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Gallery: Inside Columbia's Wegmans

A look inside Columbia's newest grocery store, which is set to open Sunday, June 17 at 7:00 a.m.

Wendy Webster, the Columbia store manager, said when Wegmans opens on Sunday, "We'll change grocery shopping in Columbia forever."

The new store is filled with a huge, seemingly overwhelming, selection of grocery store products.

According to a Wegmans official, there will be 700 items of produce, 160 people making fresh food, 300 cheeses on sale from around the world, dry aged beef, a variety of daily-changing seafood and countless other food items.

The store's head chef, Tom Schwarzweller, is in charge of the 160 cooks who will prepare the food. He said six months ago the employees charged with preparing food began learning their specialties. There will be sushi rollers, bread bakers, pastry makers, Indian chefs and seafood steamers.

"We'll also be doing a crab cake," said Schwarzweller. "It's a true Baltimore crab cake."

On opening day, the store will have made-in-Maryland specials on items such as Goetze's candies, fresh Maryland fish and specially made-for-Wegmans bars of soap.

On Wednesday afternoon, three days before Sunday's 7:00 a.m. opening, workers buzzed around the store like it was a beehive.

"We're putting in the last-minute touches," said Webster, who was dancing near the entrance to the store. "And really having some fun."

Webster didn't know exactly how many people would attend the opening, but she said opening-day customers "might have a little wait."

Although the produce, fish and meats weren't out yet, Webster said they'll all be in place after workers come in at midnight before the opening to finish stocking the fresh foods.

The only area of the store that wasn't ready for the opening was on the second floor, where the was to open. That section of the store had its windows blacked out with Wegmans banners. Inside, the walls were painted white and unstocked shelves were bare.

A a second time on Thursday evening after a three hour hearing of the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board.

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Editor's Note: The store opens at 7 a.m., an original version of this story said it opened at 7:30 a.m.

bill bissenas June 14, 2012 at 01:00 PM
60k square feet of awesome! Bring it on! My prediction: the cartveyor will be out of commission after two days of use. They'll try and fix it, and it will run intermittently for a month or two, then they'll rope it off and never use it again.
EL June 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Sort of like the escalator near the food court in the Columbia Mall? Out of order more than in? LOL
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I remember a cartveyor at Target at Columbia Heights shopping center in D.C. that worked all the time. Apparently, the tech there was vastly improved from the escalators inside the D.C. metro stations.
Kevin I. June 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
There's one at the 2-level Walmart in Towson as well. It's been working every time I've gone there, but it is indoors. Is the Wegmans one indoors or out?
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) June 14, 2012 at 07:30 PM
The one at Wegmans is indoors.
Mari June 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I doubt Wegman's would let something like this not work. It's part of their reputation for customer convenience and service.
tooraa June 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Wegmans definitely do NOT let things that are broken stay broken!

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