Wegmans signs lease to build new store in Virginia Beach

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Wegmans has signed a lease to build a new store in Virginia Beach.

A spokesperson for Wegmans Food Markets says the site of the new store is located in a vacant lot near the southwest corner of the intersection of Virginia Beach Boulevard (Route 58) and Independence Boulevard.

Wegmans is looking to build a store up to 130,000 square feet with a parking deck in the front parking lot and a mezzanine level for cafe seating.

The developer, Sifen Incorporated, will begin working with the city to get approval for the store this month. The timeline for construction and opening will depend on that; there’s been no firm date set at this point.

Warren Harris, the director of Economic Development, says this is a game changer for the resort city.

“Virginia Beach is very family oriented ,so it fits in very well with our community format, too,” said Harris. “The city is growing and is now being recognized more so than ever for not just a great place to vacation and spend time on the beach, but frankly a great place in which to do business.”

Harris cites strategic advances including proximity to the mid-Atlantic coast, the Port of Virginia and the military community as reasons as to why the company is expanding in Hampton Roads.

“The grocery business is growing and very diverse here in Hampton Roads and this will certainly be an added compliment to what is already currently in the marketplace.”

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