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Wegman's superfans invade new location for opening day



Thousands of Wegman's super fans flooded cult favorite grocery store's first Big Apple outpost Sunday – including some who began lining up in the pouring rain at 4am for the grand opening.

"I've been waiting for this my entire adult life," said Kimberly Ciaccia, 40 years old from Brooklyn, who arrived at the new Brooklyn Navy Yard store well before dawn was over.

"I had tears in my eyes . I was so excited, "she said from opening day.

The store opened at 7am to cheer from those who stood in a line that had already wrapped around the scattered shop.

At least 3,000 shoppers had made the pilgrimage to the 74th The 000-square-foot store after dinner, said an employee of the Rochester, NY-based grocery store.

Mallory Milligan, a nurse who lives in Astoria, Queens, said she and a friend arrived at the store "immediately" after her overnight shift .

"Opening Day has been written on our calendar for over a year. We knew we were coming," Milligan told The Post.

But she said she came up with a game plan to conquer the store's aisles, which blasted the Wegmaniacs, thanks to a store app.

"We have it all planned," Milligan said. "I have the app and you can see what times the food you want is on."

  Rashida Shabazz
Rashida Shabazz and her service dog Matthew McDermott

Shopper Rashida Shabazz, who took on fracas with her dog, Wishbone, made some lifelong friends in the chaos.

"I got a new best friend here from Wisconsin in the production area," said the 70-year-old pensioner, who overnight at her sister's home in Brooklyn to arrive early for the opening.

But Shabazz said she wouldn't hesitate to get the hour-plus commute from her Upper Bronx apartment.

"The quality of products and food here is the best, ”said Shabazz. “Do you know the strength of this? My body would say thank you! ”

But other customers did not have the stomach for the grocery pandemic.

"We have some groceries today, but it was chaos," said Rona Solomon, who came with her two little daughters. "We couldn't go through the whole store because they don't have shopping baskets for kids yet."

The grocery chain insisted that it "seems like everyone is fine" despite the chaos.

"Nothing chaotic has happened yet," Wegmans Rep. Tracy Van Auker told The Post. "You walk through the aisles, and you meet a lot of people, but for now it runs fine."

Matthew McDermott


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