Wegmans pushes back opening of Newton store to spring 2014

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Wegmans, a New York-based supermarket chain, is delaying the opening of a store planned for the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Newton from the fall to the spring of 2014, a spokeswoman for the chain said Thursday.

Construction delays and the juggling of other projects are the reasons for the delay, said the spokeswoman, Jo Natale.

One of those projects, a replacement store for the chain’s headquarters city of Rochester, N.Y., is scheduled to have a grand opening on Sunday.

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Family-owned Wegmans currently operates 81 stores in six states and is opening new stores at a rate of two or three a year, Natale said. Fall openings are planned for a new store in suburban Washington, D.C., and another in suburban Philadelphia.

Plans for opening a Wegmans in Newton were first disclosed in late 2011, a few months after the chain opened its first (and still only) Massachusetts store in Northborough. That store covers a whopping 138,000 square feet.

The Newton store, by contrast, will be smaller, a two-level store with a total of 82,000 square feet.

In Massachusetts, Wegmans is looking to open a 140,000-square-foot store in Burlington in the summer of 2014. The chain has recently gotten approval to build a store in Westwood, and Wegmans is also scouting for locations in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, Natale said.

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