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Wegmans has long perplexed Bostonians, who until now have only had access to the supermarket chain in Northborough. Its legendary prepared food and floral sections, booze department, and giant square footage counts are expected to convert city dwellers into fanatics as the first area location, Chestnut Hill, opens its doors on April 27.
While Wegmans supermarkets typically clock in around 120,000-140,000 square feet, the Route 9 outpost only hits about 70,000 with an additional 10,000 for the second-level liquor store (opening earlier on March 29). Boston Business Journal notes the condensed store size sets a new precedent for the chain as it enters dense urban areas, like the proposed space in the recently-approved Landmark Center project in Fenway, which presents new challenges for the primarily suburban retailer.
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