Alison, who has commented for the better part of a year, wrote that she used the "contact us" page of the Wegmans Web site to ask when the Columbia store would open. This was the response:
Dear Alison: We received your email and we thank you for taking the time to contact us.
Currently, we hope to open the Columbia store some time in 2012. Unfortunately there is much more work involved at this location than at others and the construction period will be significantly longer.
Thanks for your patience!
Wegmans Consumer AffairsDon't panic people. The news sent me into a drunken bender drinking only wine purchased at a Virginia Wegmans. That didn't help. I'm considering a shovel brigade where HowChow readers could help prepare the site. We'll get through this together -- and maybe the customer affairs people are just being conservative.
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the Columbia Wegmans were not to open for several years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'
(First update: Smart comment from Veggies below on a theme that I want to figure out. If you have to wait two years for Wegmans, what other options should people explore. I haven't been overwhelmed by the produce at the Dutch market, but Veggies is right that it's a real option -- with local produce in season. What other advice? I'm going to try to assemble a post.)
Please comment below if you have any other news. You can join the Facebook group for "I Want The Columbia, Md. Wegmans." And if you're a Wegmans executive reading this post, please email (or comment below) with whatever timeline and explanation that you can share.