Wegmans scheduled to open in Columbia on June 17

The highly anticipated Wegmans grocery store in Columbia is on track to open on June 17, 2012, according to company spokeswoman Jo Natale.

"That assumes everything goes smoothly, but we are heading into the winter months," Natale said. "It's been going very well, but with construction you can never be certain until you get closer."


The store, located off McGaw Road near Snowden River Parkway, will have between 600 and 650 employees, Natale said.

In early December, potential employees will be able to find an application link on the Wegmans website. The interview process is expected to begin in January, Natale said.

New stores are generally staffed by between 50 and 60 people with company experience, Natale said, in particular the management team and department managers. However, she said, "the vast majority" of employees will be hired locally and will train at nearby Wegmans locations.

"We're very eager to open the store," Natale said. "Columbia and Howard County has been one of the most requested areas for us from the day we opened our Hunt Valley store."

Meanwhile, the new grocery store that will replace Safeway in the Long Reach Village Center is expected to be open by Dec. 1, according to Steve Verstandig, vice president of America's Realty, which owns the shopping center. The Safeway closed Nov. 5.

Though the store's owner has shops in Virginia called International Food Market, the Long Reach location will be called Family Foods, he said.

Also, Green Valley Marketplace will open Nov. 17 at the former Superfresh location at 7280 Montgomery Road in Elkridge, according to the grocery store's owner, Baltimore-based B. Green.