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Wegmans opening new stores in the supermarket wars west of Boston

A rendering of the Wegmans store slated to open in Chestnut Hill on April  27.  Wegmans fielded more than 3,000 applications for jobs there, or about six for every opening.
A rendering of the Wegmans store slated to open in Chestnut Hill on April 27. Wegmans fielded more than 3,000 applications for jobs there, or about six for every opening.

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A supermarket war is brewing along Route 128 as New York grocer Wegmans gobbles up sites along the corridor and prepares to roll out its long-awaited Chestnut Hill store, which is scheduled to open on April 27. The deal creates a major anchor for the new Chestnut Hill Square development on Route 9, while filling a void created years ago when the old Omni Foods was shuttered.

A sprawling, 10,500-square-foot beer, wine and spirits shop will open a month earlier, on March 29, on the second floor of the new Wegmans Chestnut Hill, company officials said.

Wegmans plans to follow up its Chestnut Hill debut with another store opening in September just off 128 in Burlington, followed by a third store at the sprawling University Station project in Westwood in 2015.

The expansion comes as the Tewksbury-based Market Basket chain gears up to open a flagship store of its own along 128 at the Polaroid site in Waltham, where a retail and office center is under construction.

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