Wegmans update: Cary developer details plans and Raleigh developer talks groundbreaking

Construction begins on Wegmans in Cary

Construction has begun on a 100,000 square-foot Wegmans grocery store on the corner of Davis Drive and Airport Boulevard in western Cary.
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Construction has begun on a 100,000 square-foot Wegmans grocery store on the corner of Davis Drive and Airport Boulevard in western Cary.

The infusion of grocery store brands in the Triangle means new shopping centers anchored by new chains. Details recently released outline the shape of two of those projects – both anchored by Wegmans Food Markets – and provide a glimpse of their potential tenants.

The Wegmans-anchored mixed-use development proposed on Cary Towne Boulevard at Interstate 40 will include 2.5 million square feet of office, street-level retail, restaurants, hotels and luxury multi-family units.

Columbia Development recently announced the project would be named Fenton, after the town’s namesake Samuel Fenton Cary. The Town Council will review Fenton’s zoning application at a public hearing next month.

The developer says it wants to land national online retailers that have recently opened stores and do not yet have a presence in the region. Some online retailers would be chosen to occupy a department store setting.

Columbia won’t say what retailers it is talking to, but Warby Parker, Bonobos, Google and Amazon have all opened traditional stores in the past few years and could be considered candidates.

Plans also include a movie theater with reserved seating, alcoholic drinks and dining; and restaurants with “chef-driven concepts” from regional and local chefs at a range of prices. Yoga, pilates, indoor cycling and other health-oriented businesses would be gathered in a pocket of the project.

Local and regional stores will also be sought.

Wakefield Beasley & Associates, McAdams and Glenda S. Toppe & Associates have signed on to provide design and urban planning.

Columbia Development is also behind Nichols Plaza, a 240,000-square-foot Costco-anchored shopping center on U.S. 64 at Laura Duncan Road in Apex. That center is near completion and several tenants are now open, including the first Triangle location of Academy Sports and Outdoors, a Texas-based sports retailer.

Wegmans in Raleigh

On Monday, construction manager Williams Company Southeast announced that groundbreaking will begin this month on Midtown East, a shopping center planned for Wake Forest Road at I-440 in Raleigh. The center will house a Wegmans and five other retailers and include a 400-car elevated parking deck.

The Wegmans will be 120,000 square feet on a 22-acre site once occupied by French telecommunications company Alcatel on the east side of Wake Forest Road near the Beltline. Regency Centers, a Florida-based firm, is developing the project with a local limited liability company called ITB Holdings.

Regency also owns the Trader Joe’s-anchored Holly Park Shopping Center just to the north of Midtown East. The Wegmans project was designed by the Triangle office of Gensler. A Durham company, McAdams, is the civil engineer.

Opening is expected in the second quarter of 2019. Williams Company Southeast said the contract for the project exceeds $20 million.

The Cary Town Council has approved a sketch development plan for a second Wegman’s on Drive Drive and Airport Boulevard.

The Chapel Hill Town Council is scheduled to consider on Oct. 25 permitting a Wegman’s at U.S. 15-501, where Performance AutoMall would be demolished. The car dealerships are moving.

Craig Jarvis: 919-829-4576, @CraigJ_NandO