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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.

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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.

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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

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