A new Wegmans Food Market in Germantown is starting the process of hiring 550 people to run its mega-grocery store, which is expected to open in September.
The 123,000-square-foot supermarket will open at 7 a.m. Sept. 15, according to Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations.
“The store is well underway in terms of construction and on track. We are moving along at our planned pace,” she said. The company is getting a jump on hiring prior to opening in order to train employees.
Wegmans Germantown will be staffed by 350 part-time and 250 full-time employees for the store at Seneca Meadows Plaza off Father Hurley Boulevard. The site is served by a Montgomery County Transit Ride On bus route.
The company is accepting applications for the part-time positions. Applicants can apply online at www.wegmans.com/careers or call 877-WEGMANS (934-6267) for more information. Interviews are conducted by appointment only. Applications are not available or accepted at the construction site.
Of the total 600 employees at the future store, 550 will be new hires from in and around Montgomery County, Natale said.
Fifty of the 600 store employees already work with the company, making up the new store’s management team. Natale said the company still has several full-time positions that have not yet been filled, mostly in the culinary field. Hiring for full-time positions began in February.
Natale would not say how much the jobs pay, only that the hours are flexible. She also would not disclose how many of the positions were hourly-pay posts and how many were salaried jobs.
The jobs include customer service, part-time culinary positions and cashiers.
The fact that Wegmans is family-owned is a draw for applicants, Germantown store manager Phil Quattrini said in a release.
“It’s part of what makes us such a unique organization,” Quattrini said in the release. “We have the flexibility to offer great benefits, competitive pay and a supportive work environment. The company’s employee scholarship program is a case in point.”
Founded in 1987, the program has awarded $85 million in college tuition assistance to more than 26,500 employees, according to a press release. For the 2012-13 academic year, Wegmans granted $5.05 million to 1,686 employees.
When they meet specific academic, employment and work-performance criteria, part-time workers can receive up to $1,500 a year and full-time workers up to $2,200 a year for four years, according to the company’s press release. There are no restrictions on the course of study.
The Wegmans store in Germantown is slated to be open 6 a.m. to midnight daily, according to Natale.
It is about 7,000 square feet smaller than the nearby Frederick Wegmans, but about the same size as the Bel Air store, which opened in 2011. In addition to groceries, the Wegmans will offer prepared foods and a Market Cafe with seating for 200.
The Germantown store is Wegmans’ seventh in Maryland.
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., is an 81-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Massachusetts. The company was founded in 1916.
For 16 consecutive years the chain has ranked high on Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For,” achieving No. 5 in 2013.