Wegmans abandons plan for Newport News store

ROCHESTER, NY (Democrat & Chronicle) -- Virginians anxious over plans for a new Wegmans Food Market might have just seen the rug pulled out from under those plans.

The grocer confirmed Monday that the developer of a project in Newport News, Virginia, has withdrawn his application from consideration.

Wegmans announced in March that it had signed a letter of intent with Frontier Development to build a store near the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, about 30 miles northwest of Norfolk.

The project ran into issues when the Federal Aviation Administration rejected an idea to reconfigure roads in the area to ease traffic, according to a report by the Newport News Daily News.

"To clarify, the developer dealt with approvals and withdrew the project in Newport News," Wegmans spokesperson Valerie Fox said in a statement. "We are not currently looking at other sites in the Peninsula region. For now, we are focusing on promising opportunities in other market areas."

Wegmans currently has 92 stores and plans to add several more over the next few years, in seven states. It has also announced plans for four new stores in North Carolina and is considering more locations in the Tarheel State.

The grocer did not provide further details on other new locations.


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