These new supermarkets expected to come soon to Connecticut

Several supermarkets and grocery stores have recently announced that they will be opening new locations around Connecticut.

From the first Wegmans in the state to several Amazon Fresh locations, here are some stores that shoppers can expect to find in the near future: 

Whole Foods
Coming to Stamford

The sign for a Whole Foods grocery store in Fairfield in 2018. A Whole Foods is expected to come to Stamford soon.

The sign for a Whole Foods grocery store in Fairfield in 2018. A Whole Foods is expected to come to Stamford soon.

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A spokesperson for the chain confirmed to Hearst Connecticut Media “that a Stamford store is in development.” However, the spokesperson declined to reveal a location for the upcoming store.

When choosing locations the company writes that it prefers stand-alone areas with easy access from roadways and “excellent visibility.” The Whole Foods website stipulates that locations should serve “200,000 people or more in a 20-minute drive time,” be about “25,000 to 50,000 square feet” and have “abundant parking available for its exclusive use.”

Wegmans
Coming to Norwalk

Wegmans announced Tuesday it will open its first Connecticut location in Norwalk.

Wegmans announced Tuesday it will open its first Connecticut location in Norwalk.

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The upscale grocery store chain announced that it plans to open its first Connecticut store on 11 acres of land off Connecticut Avenue near Interstate 95 in Norwalk.

Marcie Rivera, a spokesperson for the chain, said the store “doesn’t have a timeline” regarding when it will open.

“It usually takes a couple of years from when we announce an opening to when it actually opens,” Rivera said.

In mid-April, Wegman's passed a key early hurdle on the path to city approval, with the Norwalk Conservation Commission voting to endorse plans for the new store. The proposal moves to the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission, which will also need to sign off on the store before construction can begin. 

To secure its spot in Norwalk, the store put in its application submitted to Norwalk’s planning and zoning department in May that it plans to make significant investments in the city if the more than 91,000-square-foot store is approved, including feeding the hungry and funding educational opportunities. City residents gave input on Wegman's potential arrival to Norwalk in a planning and zoning public hearing in July. 

Aldi
Opened in Branford

Shoppers enter the newly opened Aldi grocery store in Branford on June 23, 2022.

Shoppers enter the newly opened Aldi grocery store in Branford on June 23, 2022.

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A new Aldi supermarket along Route 1 in Branford held its grand opening on June 23. A line of more than 250 shoppers wrapped around the building, and one customer had waited outside since 5 a.m. 

Aldi is a German-owned cousin of Trader Joe’s known for its low prices, high-quality store brands, no-frills style and growing selection of natural and organic foods. Its U.S. base is in Chicago.

Amazon Fresh
Coming to Brookfield, Westport

Supply chain issues have delayed the opening of Connecticut’s first Amazon Fresh supermarket in a Brookfield shopping center, officials say.

Supply chain issues have delayed the opening of Connecticut’s first Amazon Fresh supermarket in a Brookfield shopping center, officials say.

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Connecticut’s first Amazon Fresh is planned for Candlewood Lake Plaza in Brookfield.

Due to supply chain issues its opening was delayed, it is planned to be opened around Easter, according to Francis Lollie, the town’s zoning enforcement officer. In June, the store showed signs of progress, as signs were installed and the store posted job openings for the location.

Depending on when it opens, the Amazon Fresh store in Candlewood Lake Plaza could be New England’s first.

A second location is planned for Westport, according to Amazon officials, despite having been denied to make its sign bigger than code regulations by the Zoning Board of Appeals. In July, the Westport location received approval for its sign due to its smaller and linear design. Construction is already underway for the Amazon Fresh store, which will be located at 1076 Post Road East.

Amazon Fresh is both an online and physical grocery store that aims to offer low prices and free same-day delivery, according to its website. 

'Well-known' but unnamed national grocery store
Coming to Orange

The plaza at 538 Boston Post Road in Orange, where a new grocery store is slated to locate.

The plaza at 538 Boston Post Road in Orange, where a new grocery store is slated to locate.

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A “well-known” national grocery store is coming to the Boston Post Road plaza next to Trader Joe’s, however, its identity is being kept secret by officials for now.

Scott Milnamow, senior vice president of real estate for Raymour & Flanigan, which owns the property, told the Town Plan and Zoning Commission that they’ve “secured a deal, a lease" but cannot reveal its identity because of a confidentiality agreement. 

According to a retail analyst by Strategic Resource Group, the store is likely to be a new location for Amazon Fresh. 

“I’m very familiar with their site location and this checks off all the boxes,”  Burt Flickinger, managing director of New York City-based Strategic Resource Group, said.