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News Briefs for December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014

•A Wegmans Food Markets in Ithaca, NY was given final approval for expansion earlier this week by the city’s Planning and Development Board, according to a report in the Ithaca Times. 

The Wegmans plan calls for a new 15,700-square-foot retail space at the store’s Meadow Street location, along with more parking, a new access road, new sidewalks and other amenities. During a board hearing last month, Wegmans site developer Danny Aken said the new building might be used for a restaurant, a housewares store or a liquor store. The possibility for a new liquor store has drawn the ire of neighboring wine and spirits retailers Red Feet Wine Market and Northside Wine & Spirits, who voiced their concerns during November’s board hearing. Red Feet owner Dewi Rainey accused Wegmans of “getting around New York State law” and said a new liquor store would be “unfair competition.” A liquor store in the same shopping plaza as a Wegmans in Johnson City is licensed to Jason Wehle, Danny Wegman’s son-in-law, the Times report noted. “I’m strongly opposed to the establishment of this building,” said Northside Wine & Spirits general manager Dana Malley. “A company with unlimited capital like this would just wipe us out.”

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