Supermarket superstar Wegmans is set to anchor the $140 million redevelopment of Admirals Row at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation announced that the country’s highest-ranking retail employer and supermarket operator, will anchor the redevelopment being led by Steiner NYC, the developer of Steiner Studios.
Steiner was designated for the site by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), delivering on a promise made to the surrounding community to provide access to quality food and jobs.
The development of the Admirals Row site is projected to create more than 1,200 permanent jobs. Wegmans will initially hire 450 people.
Wegmans is an industry leader in providing good wages, paid leave, company-funded retirement plans and opportunities for education and career advancement.
The retailer will spend more than $2 million to recruit and train its workforce, and will use BNYDC’s Employment Center at BLDG 92 to recruit area residents for the jobs it will create.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “This is a tremendous win for this community and for the people of New York City. For thousands of residents who have waited for a supermarket with healthy food they can afford, for the people hoping the next good job at the Navy Yard could be theirs, the Admirals Row project delivers.
“We’re going to see hundreds of good jobs, modern manufacturing, a new community center, and a supermarket that’s responsive to the needs of our families. It’s not often that one project can do all these things. I congratulate the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Steiner NYC, Wegmans and all the community voices who have worked tirelessly for years to bring us to this day.”
In addition to the 74,000 s/f supermarket, Steiner will develop 78,000 s/f of retail space, 126,000 s/f of light industrial space, and 7,000 s/f of community facility space.
Wegmans, the 85-store, family-owned company, founded in 1916 in Rochester, NY, has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years. In terms of quality and affordability, Consumer Reports ranks it as the country’s top supermarket.
“We’ve been very fortunate to have Wegmans stores in our shopping centers for many years,” said Douglas C. Steiner, chairman of Steiner NYC and Steiner Studios.
“We’re thrilled to now be bringing Wegmans to New York City. Their workforce is treated right and has real opportunities for advancement. The result is that the employees are Wegmans’ secret sauce—they’re motivated to give customers a great shopping experience: great prices, great quality, and great service. I guess that’s why they employ twice as many people in their stores as their competition. Which in turn means more jobs for the diverse local neighborhoods they serve. They are simply the best supermarket in all respects.”
Work on the site, which also includes restoration of two of the site’s historic structures, is expected to begin later this year.