Newton Wegmans delayed until 2014

Wegmans, a New York-based supermarket chain, is delaying the opening of a store in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Newton to spring 2014, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Construction delays and the juggling of other projects are the reasons for the delay, said Jo Natale, the spokeswoman. The opening had been scheduled for fall.

One of those projects, a replacement store for the chain’s headquarters city of Rochester, N.Y., is scheduled to have a grand opening Sunday.


Wegmans, a family-owned chain, operates 81 stores in six states and is opening new stores at a rate of two or three a year, Natale said. Fall store openings are planned in suburban Washington, D.C., and in suburban Philadelphia.

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Plans for opening a Wegmans in Newton were first disclosed in late 2011, a few months after the chain opened its first (and still only) Massachusetts store, in Northborough. That store covers 138,000 square feet.

The Newton store will be smaller, with a total of 82,000 square feet on two levels.

In Massachusetts, Wegmans is looking to open a 140,000-square-foot store in Burlington in summer 2014.

The chain has recently gotten approval to build a store in Westwood.


Wegmans is also scouting for locations in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, Natale said.

Chris Reidy