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You had me at Wegmans

The other day I was talking to a friend who told me that he had just learned that a high school classmate was returning to Buffalo after being away for many years. He said that the woman had decided that the time was right, and she began to formulate a plan to get her family onboard with the idea of relocating to a city that they had never visited before. After contemplating the proposition, they all agreed to visit Buffalo, in order to test the waters (which is usually half the battle).

When the family unit first came to Buffalo, all of the usual selling points were fashioned together in whirlwind visit, brimming with architectural outings, a visit to Niagara Falls, rides throughout the various historic neighborhoods, etc. But in the end, there was one amenity that turned out to be the game changer – Wegmans. Upon visiting the market, the sales pitch was over… and the group is now making their way across the country. Living in Western New York, I tend to take Wegmans for granted and am only occasionally reminded of its ability to awe people who have never encountered the business before.

So when my wife sent me a link to this BuzzFeed food/photo column (25 Reasons Wegmans Is The Greatest Supermarket The World Will Ever Know), I immediately thought back to the conversation that I had regarding the supermarket being the #1 selling point for the above-mentioned family to pick up and head to Buffalo. Often times we talk about the various quality of life draws that Buffalo has to offer – it’s nice to be reminded that a regional supermarket can make such a big impact on so many people who count it as one of our leading shopping assets.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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