Saturday, April 22, 2006

RIP Mr. Wegman

In today's Gourmet News I read about the death of the great Robert Wegman. I quote from the article:

"ROCHESTER, N.Y.-Robert Wegman, chairman of Wegmans Food Markets Inc. and who is credited with transforming the small, family-owned company into one of the most-admired supermarket chains, died April 20 at Strong Memorial Hospital here, according to a company statement. He was 87.

Until recently, Wegman kept a full schedule working in the office and enjoying his favorite pastime of visiting Wegmans stores, according to the statement.

Wegman joined the supermarket chain started by his father and uncle in 1937 and became president in 1950. . He introduced upscale foods such as imported cheeses, more ethnic foods, prepared foods and in-store cafes.

Wegman became chairman in 1969 and his son Danny was named president. Last year, Wegman named Danny chief executive officer and his daughter Colleen president.

There are 70 Wegmans supermarkets in New York, Pennsylvania, New jersey, Virginia and Maryland."

He made a good store great. Many people have fond memories of shopping at Wegman's. He did his company and his customers a great service. His family can be proud of his legacy.

Rest In Peace Mr. Wegman.