Wegmans Food Markets hold a special place in my heart, and I'll tell you why in a moment. From a Wegmans press release comes word that Connecticut's first Wegmans location will be in Norwalk off Connecticut Avenue, adjacent to route I-95.

My first part-time job in 1967 at the age of 16 was at a Wegman's Supermarket in Fairport, New York, where I bagged groceries. It's also where I met my first girlfriend, Sharon Kailburn, an extremely cute cashier. She told me she loved the way I handled the groceries.

The Wegman's adventure began in Rochester in 1916, and they now operate 106 stores in seven states and have more than 50,000 employees chainwide. Wegman's is the gold standard - not to knock other supermarkets in the Greater Danbury area.

Wegmans stores have a European open-air market look and feel, offering an abundance of choice, the best ingredients, thousands of organic options, restaurant-quality prepared food, and consistently low prices.

You could easily spend the better part of a day in a Wegman's supermarket. The Norwalk location will be a two-level store with approximately 95,000 square feet and a multi-level parking garage. A timeline for construction and opening has not yet been determined, as the company is currently seeking municipal approvals for the project.

Colleen Wegman, president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets, said, "Even before we open the doors to our new store, we're committed to making a difference in every community we serve." Her statement is 100% true.

In 2021, Wegmans ranked #1 on PEOPLE's "Companies That Care" list. Every location gives back to the community through food donations, well-paying and fulfilling jobs for youth and adults, and so much more.

I truly believe that Wegmans will eventually open a store in the Danbury area sometime in the future. I can't help but wonder if they would hire me to bag groceries at the tender age of 81?

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