We finally have confirmation that Wegman’s is coming to Lancaster, but it is not coming to The Crossings at Conestoga Creek, as many had speculated it would. Instead, the store is destined to be a catalyst for revitalization in the long-neglected south west Lancaster Manor Street corridor.
“Today I can announce that Wegman’s is, indeed, coming to Lancaster in 2017,” said Wegman’s VP of Growth Strategy, Cheryll McInstosh. “We have secured and will soon begin demolition on all Manor Street properties from Charlotte Street, west to the Kunzler hot dog factory. There, we will build our new flagship store in Lancaster County!”
The announcement brought mixed reviews from residents and city officials. On the sidewalk outside of the former Manor St Tavern, long-term New Dorwart St. resident Jesus DeJesus proclaimed “Yo amo Wegman’s!” DeJesus’ reaction mirrored that of many interviewed after the announcement.
Meanwhile, in City Hall, Mayor Rick Gray expressed some concern, “Frankly, we had been planning a 7 million dollar public art installation in response to all the recent shootings in the area. Everyone loves art, and it can make a drug dealer think twice about shooting the competition.” The project would have placed a few hundred ranch dressing fountains on Manor St., all the way up to the county welfare office.
Residents of the four-block area bounded by Manor St., New Dorwart St., W. Strawberry St., and High St. will begin to receive Notices to Vacate by early December and will need to be out of their homes by January 10th. According to county real estate records, Wegman’s paid a grand total of just over $95,000 for the 110 properties that they will demolish to build the new 105,000 square foot store. The store will be the first of over 28 stores planned for Lancaster county over the next three years.