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Rumor Mill: Is Wegman’s coming to Broad and Washington? FALSE

This one came straight out of the too good to be true department – that Wegman’s was coming to the Bart Blatestein development at Broad and Washington.

A source who would know, but who required anonymity, told us that in no uncertain terms, Wegman’s “is definitely NOT coming to Broad and Washington.” Naked Philly heard the same thing from their sources.

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The whole thing started on Twitter, and it quickly turned into an all-out frenzy. A Wegman’s spokesperson also told us they have no plans for a location in Philly proper.

Not that the place wouldn’t clean up. It sounded like a great component for the complex, which developer Bart Blatstein proposes for the northeast corner. A leasing brochure released recently shows plans for more than 400,000 square feet of retail space, including a grocery store (unnamed) and cinema, plus more than 1,000 parking spaces.

But a new Wegman’s in this project would make it the first urban location for the grocery company. That aspect alone made the rumor an even harder sell. Hey, there’s still hope for a Trader Joe’s, right?

(No, there are no plans for a Trader Joe’s. That’s how rumors get started.)

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10 Responses to Rumor Mill: Is Wegman’s coming to Broad and Washington? FALSE

  1. Joseph March 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Good. Wegmens sucks.

  2. AnthonyG March 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    It was funny how easily people got worked up into a frenzy….

  3. AnthonyG March 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Plus, we’ve got 9th Street. Who needs any supermarket??

    • ProvWitout March 22, 2014 at 6:05 am #


  4. B March 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    This is straight out of the Blatstein playbook. Remember that time he put together that development in Northern Liberties and kept talking about anchoring it with a high end grocery store? The rumor mills went wild. And then it sat empty. Like for years. Because most big grocery chains either aren’t geared for urban model OR already have stores within a mile or two.

    It’s too bad, cause the grocery store thing totally makes sense. I think it’s time for a new move though. Why not custom build the space to be something unique and vibrant? Like part South Philly Food Co-op and part local artisan (bakery, cheese, produce, etc.). Like a mini all local Reading Terminal Market. Or supporting the Co-Op with a food truck food court/street food extravaganza. Then it’s fresh, fun and flexible giving the space a unique drawl.

    • AnthonyG March 13, 2014 at 8:53 am #

      @B, are you aware of the shops on 9th Street? You know, bread, cheese, & produce?

      • ProvWitout March 22, 2014 at 6:07 am #

        Not to mention some nice butcher shops. And that Olive Oil place is pretty damn good too!

  5. Andrew March 12, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    Someone needs to explain why this be good location for a supermarket. The location is well less than a mile from the other supermarkets (Whole Foods, SuperFresh and Acme) and that’s not mention all the Asian Markets along Washington. I just don’t see how a supermarket would pencil there.

    • Bart March 13, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Because this is a large city with many people. That’s why.

    • ProvWitout March 22, 2014 at 6:10 am #

      Those Asian markets along Washington… Man… They are so tough to look at! Why the strange colors? Why so dirty looking? Such an eyesore…. I like the diversity… I don’t like when it means we have to accept a store that looks like it serves the slums…

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