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Grocer gears up for boro debut: Wegmans recruiting local labor ahead of fall opening in Navy Yard

Fresh life: The beloved grocery store Wegmans is slated to open in the Brooklyn Navy Yard this fall.
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Bigwigs at upstate grocery empire Wegmans are on the hunt for local talent as they prepare to open the inaugural city outpost of their beloved supermarket in the Brooklyn Navy Yard this fall.

But collecting a paycheck for one of the hundreds of open positions is just one benefit that those lucky enough to land a job at the company will receive, according to a veteran employee.

“Here at Wegmans, you drive your own development, and the opportunities are truly what you make of them,” said Kevin Cuff, a 21-year Wegmans worker who will manage the store inside the former ship-making Yard in Fort Greene that builders are transforming into a new commercial hub. “You are more than just a number. You are a family member who has a voice and an opportunity to do whatever it is you are passionate about.”

Leaders of the Flushing Avenue store will staff and train 500 employees for positions in entry-level management, customer service, overnight grocery, and several culinary roles like chefs and line cooks, according to reps, who said 150 of those gigs are full-time.

And when complete, the supermarket — whose square footage is about one-third greater than that of the Williamsburg Whole Foods — will feature a second-floor café serving food, wine, beer, and spirits with seating for roughly 100, in addition to its grocery-stocked aisles.

Workers razed all but two of the old historic houses on the Yard’s Admiral’s Row — a Flushing Avenue strip between Navy Street and N. Elliot Place where Naval officers lived when the area was a shipyard — to make way for the Wegmans, which in 2018 took second place in Fortune magazine’s list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work For,” according to reps.

News of the grocer’s arrival first broke in 2015, and back then Navy Yard leaders expected it to open sometime in 2017, before pushing its debut date to 2018, and then to later this year.

Interested applicants should apply online at jobs.wegmans.com, or call 347-652–2424 for more information.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 7:13 pm, January 9, 2019
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