Here are a few local grocery store updates that some may find of interest:
Bottom Line on Bottom Dollar Coming to Chesterbrook . . . probably not. The Wachovia Chesterbrook branch employees follow Community Matters. Last week when I was in the bank, they asked me for an update on Genuardi’s; thinking that the Bottom Dollar grocery chain should be underway with site improvements. I walked around Genuardi’s peering in the windows and as far as I could tell, there had been no movement. So I called Bottom Dollar corporate headquarters in North Caroline and have had email exchanges and phone conversations with their corporate media person. Turns out, that they cannot comment on locations that do not have signed leases!
Recalling that Centro was advertising a signed 5-yr signed lease with Bottom Dollar I tracked down Centro’s leasing agent for Chesterbrook. First, he tells me that the Genuardi’s space is ‘available’ but when questioned further re Bottom Dollar; he tells me that they are ‘close to signing’. I called my contact back at Bottom Dollar, gave her an update on the conversation and explained that Centro’s website has two pdfs on the layout of the Chesterbrook Shopping Center, one claiming the grocery store space is available and the other map indicating it is leased to ‘Bottom Dollar’. The Bottom Dollar representative asked me to email her the link and information (which I did) – there is no lease with Centro.
Bottom Line on Bottom Dollar . . . there is no signed lease and I do not believe that Bottom Dollar is coming to Chesterbrook! At least, not anytime soon.
Alcohol coming to Devon’s Whole Foods. Looks like in the near future you will be able to have a glass of chardonnay with your organic salad at Whole Foods. The Devon location has received a liquor license, apparently purchased the license from the old Dillion’s Restaurant in Chesterbrook. According to the shopping center owner, Whole Foods is not going to make a Wegmans pub-like setting but rather just a café with wine and beer. No talk of selling wine or beer to-go either. I know that liquor license cost mega-dollars, so you would think they would have loftier ideas, especially with store expansion plans in to the Honey Baked Ham area. But remember, there is a PA State store located in that small shopping center.
Wegmans continues to bring me happiness. I love that Wegmans is always trying something new; a few Friday nights ago, there had a blues band in the Pub!
Although in place for a few months, I am intrigued by Wegmans automated wine kiosks. Yes, if you decide to eat in Wegmans café, you can get a glass of wine from a vending machine just as you would get a soda. To purchase wine at the machines, customers must scan their driver’s licenses (or comparable state identification) to show they are 21 or older. Oh, and I discovered the average price tag for a wine vending machine is $100K . . . life is good for Mr. Wegmans!
I try to avoid Wegmans at lunchtime so I cannot speak to the popularity of the wine machine. Although wine coming from a vending machine fascinates me, it rather reminds me of drinking ‘box wine’. By no means, am I a wine snob but guess I prefer to see my wine poured from a bottle.