Wegmans Market to Open at Former Astor Place Kmart

Posted on: July 30th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Vornado Realty Trust

Something rather unexpected.

Not two weeks after Kmart terminated its presence in Astor Place, its replacement is announced. From left field – Wegmans is to open its first Manhattan grocery at this location.

The well-regarded, Rochester-based chain already maintains a store in Brooklyn.

Curb your enthusiasm, though, as the new Wegmans won’t open at 770 Broadway until the second half of 2023.

“We are so excited to bring Wegmans to Manhattan. This is something we’ve been dreaming about and working toward for a long time,” said Colleen Wegman, president and CEO of Wegmans Food Markets. “The community’s response to the opening of our Brooklyn store had an excitement and energy that you can only experience in New York City. You can feel that energy returning to the city, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

From the press release:

Under the terms of the 30-year lease, Wegmans will occupy space on both the street and lower levels of 770 Broadway for a total of roughly 82,000 square feet. The building is located in the heart of Greenwich Village, at the nexus of downtown residential, retail and office locations, and occupies a full city block between 8th and 9th Streets and Broadway and Fourth Avenue. A 1.2-million-square-foot landmarked building, 770 Broadway is the historic Wanamaker’s department store that Vornado transformed into one of Manhattan’s premier office and creative hubs catering to some of the world’s best-known technology and media leaders.

Kmart held down this high-profile corner for 25 years until its demise earlier this month.

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