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.
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.)