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Wegmans will open in Navy Yard in 2017, say bigwigs

Gangway! Supermarket finally coming to Navy Yard

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The supermarket that for years has been promised to be replace a once-beautiful but now-dilapidated section of the Brooklyn Navy Yard may finally be on its way.

Wegmans, a Rochester-based grocery store chain with hundreds of thousands of rabid fans, plans to open a store at the site of Admirals Row on the former military installation, Navy Yard bigwigs announced on Wednesday, claiming family-owned company was the best choice for the Navy Yard.

“With Wegmans and the entire redevelopment of Admirals Row, local residents will gain needed amenities and the Brooklyn Navy Yard will further its mission to create good-paying, high-quality jobs for area residents,” said David Ehrenberg, president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

The supermarket should be ready by 2017.

Cult fans said they were stoked to learn that their favorite grocery is coming to Brooklyn.

“I went to college upstate, and Wegmans is the best of the best,” said Kenneth Albermarle. “I live nowhere near the Navy Yard, but I can see myself going there regularly for Wegmans.”

The grocer will anchor a $140 million redevelopment of the former Admirals Row, a section of dilapidated townhomes that were used to house navy brass. Officials for Steiner Studios, the company who is spearheading the redevelopment, could not be immediately reached to say what else it will include, the Wegmans officials said it will include the grocer, a manufacturing space, and a community facility.

Wegmans officials said the new store will eventually create more than 600 permanent jobs in the neighborhood. It plans to initially hire 450 people, including 150 full time positions, and will grow to 600 jobs, with 250 of those being full time.

Wegmans, which was founded in 1916, has 85 stores throughout New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

It isn’t the first time a supermarket was promised for the site — a controversial plan that has been on the table since 2009 and required the demolition of historic buildings that the city approved in 2012.

In 2011, plans for a $60-million ShopRite supermarket collapsed, when the city’s chosen developer, Aaron Malinsky, was arrested in a bribery scandal alongside disgraced state Sen. Carl Kruger (D–Mill Basin).

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

TOM from Brooklyn says:
Since the Navy Yard is in a "transportation desert" this supermarket will be a boon to the locals who can walk there.

Now tell me just how Wegman's will keep its parking spots open for their customers and not packed with Navy Yard staff and visitors who will only see an added amenity, especially those with parking placards? I see an opportunity for a dedicated tow-service.
May 14, 2015, 11:26 am
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
I wonder if they'll have a free valet service or some other sort of parking control -- like the Pomegranate Kosher Supermarket in Midwood.
May 14, 2015, 7:10 pm
Jimmy from Flatbush says:
(Or a gated exit that requires a token -- or receipt barcode scan -- to get out.)
May 14, 2015, 7:12 pm
samir from cobble hill says:
Admiral's Row is not a section of "townhouses". It is a collection of huge, plantain-style, elegant homes. They are unattached from each other, with front yards and back yards. They were residences of commissioned Naval officers, and recall a bygone area. Today, the houses are indeed run-down, due to absolute neglect. Despite that, Admiral's Row remain astonishingly beautiful, even in its current state of "delapidation". The historical housing of Admiral's Row should be restored and preserved, along the lines of Leffert's Gardens. Other space is available in the Naby Yard upon which Legman's can build. Please preserve Admiral's Row, not destroy it.
P.S. There is a bus available on the weekends which tours the Brooklyn Navy Yard, for those interested in seeing Admiral's Row.
May 15, 2015, 5:43 am
Mark from Dumbo says:
Hey, samir and Moses, have you even been over there in the last 30 years to see those "buildings?" Some of them burned down in the 70s, and they've all been in such a state of decay that it's a miracle they can find 2 that can be saved!

If you want to see an absolutely perfectly preserved example of a classic Admiral's Row, take the ferry to Governor's Island. PERFECTLY preserved. The Navy Yard wrecks could never have matched it.
May 15, 2015, 8:22 am
da editah says:
"Plantain-style homes," yum! And samir and Mo', the decision not to preserve Admirals Row was made years ago, so your pleas come too late and blaming deBlasio is misdirected.
May 15, 2015, 9:15 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
The city could sell some of the houses on Admiral's Row to individuals, under a caveat that they be restored to landmark specifications. But the price would have to be near market value, and a "restoration" of one of those heaps would essentially be a re-build. It's a long shot, but pretty much the only chance for saving any of those beauties. You can't just sit on comment threads and say something "should" be done and money should drop out of the sky. Don't work that way baby. Abbrakazaam!
May 15, 2015, 9:32 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
Like ya ... "the city" should hire an army of boutique carpenters to whittle away for ten years on two dozen Victorian mansions ... and meanwhile the subways and the sewage system are falling apart. Keep dreaming.
May 15, 2015, 9:39 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
Coming for who? Certainly not the working and lower classes that currently live in the neighborhood. An expensive and upscale supermarket means goodbye poor and middle class people, the richer are coming to take you away.
May 15, 2015, 9:53 am
Mike from Dumbo says:
Charles, didn't you read any part of the story? Those folks in the nearby developments have been working for this supermarket for years, and now they're also looking at 600 jobs.

Learn to read & change your life. Or at least your story.
May 15, 2015, 10:38 am
Jimmy from Heights says:
Yuppers, 600 supermarket jobs for the hometeam. That mere bag of shells should help them keep on paying rent there for 'years.'
May 15, 2015, 2:13 pm

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