A commenter on a recent and totally unrelated post wondered if I “know of any Wegmans in Columbia updates? It has been a few months since any word has been mentioned by you, HowChow, or anyone else.”
The anonymous commenter went on to say that they “Would like to see those yahoos drop their court case against Wegmans!”
I last posted about the continuing saga of the Columbia Wegmans back in the beginning of February. At that time I wrote that Wegmans was indeed moving forward with a projected opening date of spring 2011.
Yesterday, I spoke with Richard Talkin, their local attorney and he informed me that the grocer had prevailed in the legal challenges that sought to derail the project and that they were moving forward. He was not, however, able to give me a projected opening date for the store. The Wegmans website now lists the Columbia opening as “to be determined.”
I suspect that the recession may have more to do with the grocers delayed construction start than “those yahoos” that the commenter referred to.
As of the morning, the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation still lists the Antwerpen Automotive Group as the property owner of the proposed Wegmans location at the corner of McGaw Road and Snowden River Parkway.
If you want to know more about how Wegmans views the economy and their business you can read a recent interview with Danny Wegman, CEO and Colleen Wegman, President, here.