Wegmans expanding Transit Road store

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2010 at 6:14 AM EDT

By Business First of Buffalo - by James Fink

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Wegmans expanding Transit Road store

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 18, 2010 at 6:14 AM EDT

After dropping plans to build a store on the Clarence side of Transit Road, Wegmans Food Markets shifted its attention to renovating a supermarket on the other side of the heavily trafficked suburban corridor.

Central to the plan is a proposal by Benderson Development Co., owner of Eastview Plaza which neighbors the store, to configure some of the parking in the plaza for the supermarket. Benderson officials said they are fine-tuning those plans.

The 81,024-square-foot Wegmans has been one of the chain's busiest in Western New York since it opened in November 1996.

Last year, a developer was working with Wegmans on a proposal to construct a store with more than 100,000 square feet on Transit in Clarence. The plan saw heavy neighborhood opposition.

Wegmans ultimately dropped the plan and decided to renovate the existing Transit Road store.

"Those plans are still in the planning-and-development stage," said Ann McCarthy, Wegmans spokesperson and Buffalo division consumer affairs manager.

The store will remain open during the renovation.

Wegmans closed its Sheridan Drive store in Amherst during an expansion project. That will not be the case this time, McCarthy said.

"It will be more like what we did at McKinley," she said, referring to the McKinley Parkway store in Hamburg that remained open during renovation.

The exact timetable is still being worked out. Preliminary talks have been held with building department representatives in Amherst Town Hall.