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When did the frozen department first appear at Wegmans? And, how long has the Shopper's Club Card been around? You'll discover these answers and more as you explore supermarket history with the Wegmans History Timeline. 1916 John Wegman opens the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company. He is joined by his brother Walter a year later. 1921 John and Walter Wegman purchase the Seel Grocery Co. and expand operations to include general groceries and bakery operations. 1930 Wegmans opens a 20,000 square-foot Clinton Avenue (Rochester, NY) "showplace" store with cafeteria seating for 300. 1931 Wegmans stores are incorporated, and feature meats, produce, groceries, dairy products, and baked goods. 1932 Wegmans introduces two Rochester firsts: refrigerated display windows and vaporized water sprays to keep produce fresh. 1940 Frozen (then known as "frosted") foods first appear at Wegmans. 1949 Robert Wegman converts stores to self-service format. 1953 Wegmans announces a broad program of employee benefits for their more than 350 full-time employees. 1959 Wegmans purchases its first truck trailer and displays its sunburst logo for the first time. 1968 Wegmans opens first Syracuse store at John Glenn Blvd. in Clay. 1971 Consumer Affairs Department is created to "serve as the voice of the consumer in management." 1972 First Pharmacy opens, in Lyell Ave store (Rochester, NY). 1974 Bilt-Rite Chase-Pitkin Inc., a building and garden supply retailer, is acquired. 1974 Wegmans East Rochester store is one of the first in the country to use laser scanning to read UPCs printed on products. 1977 Wegmans opens first Buffalo store on Dick Road. 1979 Wegmans develops a private-label buying program and introduces Wegmans Brand items chainwide. 1983 Wegmans Scholarship Program is created. 1986 Wegmans Federal Credit Union begins daily operations. 1987 Wegmans Work-Scholarship Connection is formed to assist urban youth. 1987 Robert Wegman celebrates 50 years of leadership in the Wegmans organization. 1990 Shoppers Club electronic discount program is introduced in Wegmans Corning store. 1990 Plastic grocery bag collection for recycling begins at all stores. 1991 Strive for 5 program is launched in Produce Departments. 1992 Food You Feel Good About program is introduced in Bakery Departments. 1992 A new 105,000 square-foot office building opens in Rochester, NY on Wegmans Market Street. 1992 First Market Cafe opens in Wegmans Corning store. 1993 First Wegmans store outside New York State opens in June in Erie, PA. 1995 Wegmans is chosen one of the "Best of the Best" Supply Chain Management Practitioners. 1996 Wegmans launches its website. 1997 On April 1, 1997, Robert B. Wegman, Wegmans Food Markets esteemed chairman of the board and the person who built Wegmans into one of the most respected food retailers in the business, celebrated 60 years of service to the Wegmans organization. top 1999 Wegmans opens its first New Jersey store in West Windsor, NJ. 1999 Robert Wegman raises the purse again for the annual LPGA Wegmans Rochester International to $1 million for 1999. 1999 Wegmans and the Buffalo Bills form a five-year marketing partnership. 2000 Wegmans' weekly specials go online, with a feature that allows customers to build a shopping list by store layout. 2000 Wegmans opens store in Bridgewater, NJ. 2001 Wegmans makes Fortune’s Top 100 Companies list for the 5th year in a row. This year 279 companies vied for a place on the list. Wegmans ranked 68th. 2002 Golden Shopping Cart Award for Best Supermarket. 2002 Wegmans announces future expansion into Virginia and Maryland. 2003 Wegmans is named the “Most Family-Friendly Supermarket in America” according to Child magazine. 2003 Wegmans was awarded the prestigious Black Pearl award. 2004 Wegmans earns the number 9 ranking on FORTUNE Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”. 2004 Wegmans enters the Virginia market with the opening of Wegmans Dulles. 2004 Wegmans Retail Service Center in Pottsville, PA opens. Produce items from this facility will be shipped to expanding market stores. 2004 Wegmans opens its fifth New Jersey store in five years with the grand opening of Wegmans Ocean. 2005 Wegmans becomes the #1 Company to Work For. Wegmans in its 8th year being recognized, is named number one by FORTUNE Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”. 2005 Wegmans adds another store to the state of Virginia with the grand opening of Wegmans Fairfax. 2005 Robert Wegman donates $5 million dollars to St. John Fisher College in Rochester to open the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. With this donation, a school will be up and running in the fall of 2006 for young students looking to pursue a career in Pharmacy. 2005 Wegmans Retail Service Center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania opens its grocery side of the distribution facility. 2005 Wegmans Hunt Valley becomes Wegmans’ 69th store and the first for the state of Maryland. 2005 Wegmans announces the closing of the Chase-Pitkin Home and Garden Centers. 2006 Wegmans is named to FORTUNE magazine’s 2006 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” this year ranking #2. This marks the ninth consecutive year Wegmans has appeared on the annual list and its fourth year ranked among the top 10. 2007 Wegmans celebrates 10 years of being on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This year, Wegmans ranked #3 on the list. 2008 Wegmans celebrates 11 years of being on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This year, Wegmans ranked #3 on the list. 2009 Wegmans celebrates 12 years of being on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This year, Wegmans ranked #5 on the list.

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About Wegmans Food Pharmacy

When did the frozen department first appear at Wegmans? And, how long has the Shopper's Club Card been around? You'll discover these answers and more as you explore supermarket history with the Wegmans History Timeline.
1916

John Wegman opens the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company. He is joined by his brother Walter a year later.
1921

John and Walter Wegman purchase the Seel Grocery Co. and expand operations to include general groceries and bakery operations.
1930

Wegmans opens a 20,000 square-foot Clinton Avenue (Rochester, NY) "showplace" store with cafeteria seating for 300.
1931

Wegmans stores are incorporated, and feature meats, produce, groceries, dairy products, and baked goods.
1932

Wegmans introduces two Rochester firsts: refrigerated display windows and vaporized water sprays to keep produce fresh.
1940

Frozen (then known as "frosted") foods first appear at Wegmans.
1949

Robert Wegman converts stores to self-service format.
1953

Wegmans announces a broad program of employee benefits for their more than 350 full-time employees.
1959

Wegmans purchases its first truck trailer and displays its sunburst logo for the first time.
1968

Wegmans opens first Syracuse store at John Glenn Blvd. in Clay.
1971

Consumer Affairs Department is created to "serve as the voice of the consumer in management."
1972

First Pharmacy opens, in Lyell Ave store (Rochester, NY).
1974

Bilt-Rite Chase-Pitkin Inc., a building and garden supply retailer, is acquired.
1974

Wegmans East Rochester store is one of the first in the country to use laser scanning to read UPCs printed on products.
1977

Wegmans opens first Buffalo store on Dick Road.
1979

Wegmans develops a private-label buying program and introduces Wegmans Brand items chainwide.
1983

Wegmans Scholarship Program is created.
1986

Wegmans Federal Credit Union begins daily operations.
1987

Wegmans Work-Scholarship Connection is formed to assist urban youth.
1987

Robert Wegman celebrates 50 years of leadership in the Wegmans organization.
1990

Shoppers Club electronic discount program is introduced in Wegmans Corning store.
1990

Plastic grocery bag collection for recycling begins at all stores.
1991

Strive for 5 program is launched in Produce Departments.
1992

Food You Feel Good About program is introduced in Bakery Departments.
1992

A new 105,000 square-foot office building opens in Rochester, NY on Wegmans Market Street.
1992

First Market Cafe opens in Wegmans Corning store.
1993

First Wegmans store outside New York State opens in June in Erie, PA.
1995

Wegmans is chosen one of the "Best of the Best" Supply Chain Management Practitioners.
1996

Wegmans launches its website.
1997

On April 1, 1997, Robert B. Wegman, Wegmans Food Markets esteemed chairman of the board and the person who built Wegmans into one of the most respected food retailers in the business, celebrated 60 years of service to the Wegmans organization.

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1999

Wegmans opens its first New Jersey store in West Windsor, NJ.
1999

Robert Wegman raises the purse again for the annual LPGA Wegmans Rochester International to $1 million for 1999.
1999

Wegmans and the Buffalo Bills form a five-year marketing partnership.
2000

Wegmans' weekly specials go online, with a feature that allows customers to build a shopping list by store layout.
2000

Wegmans opens store in Bridgewater, NJ.
2001

Wegmans makes Fortune’s Top 100 Companies list for the 5th year in a row. This year 279 companies vied for a place on the list. Wegmans ranked 68th.
2002

Golden Shopping Cart Award for Best Supermarket.
2002

Wegmans announces future expansion into Virginia and Maryland.
2003

Wegmans is named the “Most Family-Friendly Supermarket in America” according to Child magazine.
2003

Wegmans was awarded the prestigious Black Pearl award.
2004

Wegmans earns the number 9 ranking on FORTUNE Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”.
2004

Wegmans enters the Virginia market with the opening of Wegmans Dulles.
2004

Wegmans Retail Service Center in Pottsville, PA opens. Produce items from this facility will be shipped to expanding market stores.
2004

Wegmans opens its fifth New Jersey store in five years with the grand opening of Wegmans Ocean.
2005

Wegmans becomes the #1 Company to Work For. Wegmans in its 8th year being recognized, is named number one by FORTUNE Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”.
2005

Wegmans adds another store to the state of Virginia with the grand opening of Wegmans Fairfax.
2005

Robert Wegman donates $5 million dollars to St. John Fisher College in Rochester to open the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. With this donation, a school will be up and running in the fall of 2006 for young students looking to pursue a career in Pharmacy.
2005

Wegmans Retail Service Center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania opens its grocery side of the distribution facility.
2005

Wegmans Hunt Valley becomes Wegmans’ 69th store and the first for the state of Maryland.
2005

Wegmans announces the closing of the Chase-Pitkin Home and Garden Centers.
2006

Wegmans is named to FORTUNE magazine’s 2006 list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” this year ranking #2. This marks the ninth consecutive year Wegmans has appeared on the annual list and its fourth year ranked among the top 10.
2007

Wegmans celebrates 10 years of being on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This year, Wegmans ranked #3 on the list.
2008

Wegmans celebrates 11 years of being on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This year, Wegmans ranked #3 on the list.
2009

Wegmans celebrates 12 years of being on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This year, Wegmans ranked #5 on the list.