Good News for my favorite grocer here at home. Fortune magazine named Wegmans Food Markets No. 1 on its annual list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For."
Not at all suprising to me, I've heard nothing but good things from everyone I know who works for them, and I'm always treated well by the employees.
The Wall Street Journal covered them a few years back and said something like "we suspect many people would live in a Wegmans given the chance"
Wegmans operates 11 stores in Erie and Niagara counties. It ranks second in market share in the Buffalo Niagara region, behind Tops Markets, which really suprises me. Tops and another chain owned by Ahold, Giant of Carlisle, Pa., are both run by the same CEO. The Giant-Tops business combination does not enter the Fortune survey, said Dennis Hopkins, which doesn't suprise me. I've heard nothing but bad things about Tops, and almost without exception am greated by miserable employees.
If you're in Richmond, VA you have a similar company, and there's one other I know of in Minneapolis, and I bet that most major cities can say the same thing, but there's only one Wegmans.
"Beyond the figures, the magazine also describes the stores' layout, product offerings and the "zeal" some upstate customers have for Wegmans that "often borders on kooky obsession." "
It's like the Apple of the grocery world.