If you’re one of Wegman’s most loyal fans, you might be wondering if there’s a Wegman’s in the UK or London. After all, where are you going to get your organic food or cheerfully pleasant cashiers?
Hey, sidenote! If you’re traveling to the UK, whether for a short period of time or as an expat, why don’t you join my Facebook group where you can ask questions, get advice or just look at pretty pictures of this part of the world! Just click here to request to join and I’ll add you!
In Florida, our local store is Publix, so I was always wondering if there was a Publix in the UK, but Wegman’s is popular in the northeast and mid-Atlantic, so it’s likely that you call somewhere in that area home (or are just a mega Wegman’s fan!)
American grocery stores versus British grocery stores can be quite different in terms of how things are laid out, and sometimes we just long for our favorite American grocery store in the UK.
So, here we go, the answer to the question is…
“Is there a Wegman’s in the UK or England or London?”
is no. There is no Wegman’s in the UK and no Wegman’s in London. But don’t worry – food is universal, so if you’re shopping for things to eat, the UK has plenty of their own supermarket branches to keep you full, which we’ll talk about it a bit.
Before we delve too deep into the equivalent to Wegman’s in the UK, I wanted to bring your attention to some resources I’ve put together for the new visitor to the UK, expat to the UK, or study abroad student in the UK.
It takes everything you think you know about the UK and either explains it or shows you what you’re really getting yourself into (major small talk and frequent tea breaks, woo!)
I’ve also put together some articles to help you out whether you’re just coming for a day, a year, or a lifetime. You’ll find information about culture shock and what to expect, as well as how to get over it, and you can read all about my experiences dealing with the London Underground.
I’ve also got some information on figuring out the differences in UK money so you don’t look like a complete newbie at the checkout, and if you’re up for a laugh, you can read about me learning to drive in the UK which was both hilarious, terrifying, and traumatizing.
- Culture Shock: The Things We Don’t Talk About
- An American Girl’s Guide to Surviving the London Underground
- Understanding UK Money: Pence, Not Cents!
- Driving in England as an American: An Apology to UK Drivers
Right, now that you know everything else there is to know about visiting the UK, let’s move on to Wegman’s.
History of Wegmans
Founded in 1916 by John and Walter Wegman, Wegman’s got it start as the Rochester Fruit and Vegetable Company.
The headquarters are in Rochester, New York, and the leadership are still very much Wegmans. Danny Wegman is the chairmain, while the President and CEO is his daughter and the senior-vice president is his other daughter.
In 1968, the chain expanded into other areas of New York, but it wasn’t until 1993 that it began to expand to other states. Since then, it has grown into a chain that has stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and others.
There are over 90 stores across the States, and its emphasis is on high quality food.
Over the years, Wegmans has become famous for its employee happiness, quality of product and its cult-ish following of people who just can’t get enough of Wegmans.
They have their own Twitter hashtag, and people regularly write to Wegmans to beg them to open up stores in their area.
It was rated best American grocery store in 2007, and – if you’re a fan of the American sitcom The Office – you should know that it was featured extensively in the series. Unfortunately, even with all the love, there is no Wegmans in the UK!
Equivalent to Wegmans in the UK
Just because there is no Wegmans in the UK doesn’t mean you can’t find a high quality place to buy your groceries as an alternative to Wegmans in England. Below, you’ll find UK alternatives to Wegmans that focus on high quality food.
Sainburys is most closely related to a Wegmans because of its focus on quality, middle class clientele and its loyal fans. They have a strong branding, and can I just say that their chocolate chip cookies are some of the best I’ve ever tasted.
Sainbury’s are located across the UK and London, and while they are not all as big as a Wegmans would be, they do have some impressively large ones featuring almost everything under the sun.
The smaller ones, mostly found in cities and on high streets, are called Sainbury’s Local.
If you want to talk about somewhere that focuses on quality and organic items, Waitrose would be it. This is known as one of the fanciest grocery stores in the UK, and I think it’s a good alternative to Wegmans in the UK if you’re looking for somewhere with mega fans.
Shopping at Waitrose is an “experience.” They’ve got cafes inside, coffee and tea machines where you can get a drink and walk around, and amazing ready-to-eat sandwiches. While many people could go in between some of the major UK stores like Sainbury’s, Morrison’s, and ASDA, people who shop at Waitrose almost exclusively shop at Waitrose because they love it so much.