Wegmans announced on Wednesday that its highly-anticipated Brooklyn location will open on Sunday, October 27, and is looking to hire 350 part-time employees.
The new store will take up 74,000 square feet of the Brooklyn Navy Yard's newly re-developed Admirals Row on Flushing Avenue. The Brooklyn outpost will feature a restaurant-quality prepared foods department, more than 4,000 organic products, fresh seafood and produce, and an eclectic variety of imported and domestic cheese. The store will also include a second-floor mezzanine with a bar, serving food and drinks.
"The Brooklyn community has been eagerly awaiting the opening date for this store," said Vice President and District Manager Todd Ferrera. "October 27 is just around the corner, and we can't wait to celebrate with everyone."
Recruitment for 150 full-time employees began in January and is still ongoing. Now, with the grand opening approaching, the grocer is looking to fill part-time positions in restaurant foods, sushi, pizza, bakery, produce, deli, cheese, day and overnight grocery. In total, the store will employ 500 people, thereby giving preference to local candidates, the company stated.
"Although the opening is still several months away, new employees begin in-depth training soon after they're hired so that they're knowledgeable and fully prepared to deliver incredible customer service," said Store Manager Kevin Cuff, a 21-year employee of the family company who began his career as a part-time parking lot attendant. "Wegmans has a long-standing reputation as an exceptional employer, with tremendous opportunity for career growth and development."
Applicants are encouraged to apply online at jobs.wegmans.com, or call 347-652-2424 for more information. Interviews are conducted by appointment only and applications are neither available nor accepted at the construction site. Wegmans offers competitive pay and benefits packages, as well as premium pay on Sundays and holidays, and tuition assistance through the company's employee scholarship program.
Founded in 1916, Wegmans operates 98 stores in six states and with more than 48,000 employees. The Brooklyn location will be the first in New York City. The company plans to open two more stores in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina later this year.