Coronavirus issues not expected to delay opening of first Delaware Wegmans store

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The COVID-19 crisis has not led to any delays in plans to build a Wegmans store near Wilmington.

A spokesperson for the Rochester, NY-based chain confirmed the location at the former DuPont Barley Mill Plaza site is moving. forward, following key approvals from New Castle County.

The store plan has drawn broad support in the Barley Mill area. Opposition to a previous development by the Stoltz interests led to the project being shelved.

The Barley Mill site and Greenville office and retail sites were later purchased from Stoltz by local developer Pettinaro. Pettinaro rolled out a development with a smaller footprint anchored by Wegmans.

The store remains on the list of Wegman’sfuture store openings, although no timeframe is listed.

Wegmans operates a successful location in the Chadds Ford, PA area that already serves a portion of the north Wilmington.

Wegmans builds stores with a large footprint that offer a wide variety of deli, food to go items and even a restaurant.

The company is sticking with its current schedule of store openings this year but plans to scale back the scope of grand opening promotions, due to the need for social distancing and restrictions on the number of customers that can be in the store at one time.

Delaware currently limits retail stores to 60 percent of fire code capacity.

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