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East Avenue Wegmans Closes to Shoppers Saturday

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Just another day at the supermarket, except the selection at the East Avenue Wegmans was a little scarce and the deals were unbelievable.

"They had some really good deals, Organic milk for a dollar. Fruit snacks, stickers, cereal, anything that was left really," said Wegmans shopper Jessica Bulmann.

After fifty one years, the supermarket closed its doors. A brand new 87,000 square foot building will open just east of it on May 19th.

"I'm amazed at the number of people that came into the store to shop. I was not expecting this type of foot traffic coming in and out of the building," said Frank Miceli, Perishable Manager for East Avenue Wegmans.

Shoppers took pictures inside the store and bought anything that was left on the shelves.

"Just like an old friend, it's faithfully here whenever you need it, stop and get a cup of coffee in the morning, diapers at night if you need them, always in the neighborhood," said Wegmans shopper Linda Englert.

Employees will temporarily work at other stores for the next three months; Wegmans is hiring more than 100 people for the new store.

"The parking is going to be fabulous; gluten free is going to be really wonderful in the new store," said Englert. "We're excited."

Some customers say they were happy with the store the way it was but walking through the empty aisles you can see it was in need of some renovations. Wegmans says the new building will still feel like a neighborhood store. In the meantime, customers will have to shop elsewhere.

"It's going to be a little difficult," said Bulmann. "We're going to have to spread our wings and find new places to love I guess."

And just before six o'clock, the store's last shopper came to the check out counter.

"I've been coming here for over thirty years; it was just for the nostalgia. I'm used to it. I know where everything is, but I'm sure it will be a great store," said one Wegmans shopper.

As the doors closed on the old Wegmans, shoppers said goodbye to the employees in anticipation of a new beginning next door in just a few weeks.

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