Wegmans announces October opening for new Navy Yard store

Wegmans announces October opening for new Navy Yard store
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Upstate grocery empire Wegmans will open their inaugural city store Oct. 27 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the company announced Wednesday.

The highly-anticipated supermarket will open in the Admirals Row development of the Fort Greene industrial complex at Flushing Avenue and the company’s leaders are excited to open their doors to the community, according to a senior official.

“The Brooklyn community has been eagerly awaiting the opening date for this store,” said Wegmans’ vice president and district manager Todd Ferrera. “Oct. 27 is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to celebrate with everyone.”

Bigwigs kicked off the recruitment of 150 full-time employees in January and plan to hire some 500 people, the vast majority locally, according to a press release from the company.

The popular grocery store is still hiring for positions ranging from prep cooks, line cooks and lead cooks to full-time customer service positions throughout the store, as well as several part-time openings.

The store will be larger than a football field and have a total of 760 parking spaces, comprised of 270 surface lot spots and 490 in the parking deck, according to the grocery’s spokeswoman Valerie Fox.

It will be at the base of a five-story creative office and manufacturing building set to open this fall at the corner of Navy Street, according to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the quasi-governmental agency that facilitates construction projects on the site.

The corporation released renderings for Building 212 Tuesday that will house some 30 units of manufacturing space available for lease on top of Wegmans, on the second, third, and fourth floors, along with 10 units of office space on the top floor.

The commercial structure which will meet the high demand for small-scale manufacturing and creative office space in the Fort Greene Yard, according to the development corporation’s head.

“There is a real demand for smaller manufacturing and creative office spaces, as this is always some of the quickest to lease-up at the Navy Yard,” said David Ehrenberg, the president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. “Admirals Row will be a terrific home for manufacturing and creative companies, adding to an innovative ecosystem we’re working to cultivate at the Yard, and there are few better tenant amenities than a Wegmans right in the building.”

Steiner New York City will construct the new building and is also developing the full Admirals Row project, which is the size of almost 10 football fields and will allow for further retail space on the lot almost one-and-a-half football fields large.

The development is part of the Yard’s $1 billion expansion, its largest since WWII, which the cooperation says will add 10,500 jobs to its existing 9,500 in the coming years.

The development is accessible through the complex’s Sands Street gate and has tenant parking on site, according to the development corporation.

The organization also provides shuttle buses that connect the yard to 13 subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road.

There are seven Citi Bike docking stations within or adjacent to the yard, including one across the street from Building 212 and NYC Ferry will open a stop at the riverside there this summer.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kdugg[email protected]glocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.