Wegmans began in 1916 as the Rochester Fruit and Vegetable Company. The company was founded by John and Walter Wegman. John began by using a pushcart to sell produce. then later he and his brother Walter pooled their savings to open a storefront.
In 1931, the brothers incorporated the business as Wegman’s Food Market and opened a self-service grocery.
In 1968, the company begins expanding. First in Syracuse, New York, later in Buffalo, New York.
In 1972, the company opens its first pharmacy inside a store.
In 1974, the company acquires Bilt-Rite Chase-Pitkin.
In 1986, Wegmans Federal Credit Union opens for business.
In 1993, the company opens its first store outside of New York in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The company quit selling tobacco products in 2008 and even offered stop smoking programs to their employees.
In 2009, Wegmans ranked 29th on the Supermarket News list of the Top 75 North American Food Retailers based on sales volume.
In June of 2017, the company partnered with Instacart to provide delivery of their Personal Shopper program.
Wegmans has appeared on Fortune’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list since the list first appeared in 1998. The company has continually ranked among the top 10 for eight consecutive years.
Today, Wegmans is still a family-owned regional supermarket with 95 stores in 6 states: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts. The company had annual revenue in 2016 of $8.3 billion.