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Will You Camp Out For Wegmans?

In the past, openings have reportedly included "lounge chairs, sleeping bags and pup tents."

Should Howard County decline to participate in the heydey that has characterized previous Wegmans store openings out of self respect?

Blogger and Columbia Association Board Member Tom Coale raised the issue in his blog in response to reports from Explore Howard that said Wegmans officials expect thousands to congregate before the store's

In the past, openings have included "lounge chairs, sleeping bags and pup tents," the paper reported.

Tell us in comments: Will you be lugging lounge chairs to be among the first the see the new Columbia Wegmans? Or do you think that is an unnecessary display?

Coale's response?

"I truly hope that my fellow HoCo'ers have the dignity and self-respect to decline that opportunity," he wrote in a Tuesday post, responding to past reports of long lines, sleeping bags and lounge chairs. "We may need some counselors on deck for those folks that walk inside and find out that the carrots still taste like carrots and the bananas still go bad by day five."

According to Explore Howard, Wegmans officials described the following previous opening days:

  • Six groupies attend openings in every state, whom Wendy Webster, store manager, referred to as the store's “Deadheads.”
  • Fun pricing will be in effect, but those details haven’t been released yet in order to strike “last-minute deals.”
  • Employees will do a cheer “which involves yelling out the letters in Wegmans while forming them with outreached arms.”
  • Webster said opening the store is like "having a child."
Andrew Metcalf June 12, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Camping is a healthy activity!
MG42 June 12, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Ha, how many of these "campers" can do a respectable number of chin ups?
Danna Walker June 13, 2012 at 01:46 AM
This is funny, Columbia. I can't wait to find out what the fuss is about. Well, I will wait actually, for about four weeks.
George Lesznar June 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Excited to have Wegmans in our community but I don't think it will be life changing.
Polly June 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Frankly I'm just to old to be camping out for anything, much less a grocery store opening. But, I am ready to check out Wegman's. I've already got my card, some coupons and an app for the Ipad. I was able to check some prices on things I get regularly and was pleasantly surprised how low they were. E.g., 1 gallon 1% mllk $2.69, most places it's about $4.00, my Arizona Blueberry tea is at a great price as well. So, I'll shop there but not until the novelty has worn off a bit. In fact, I won't be going down that way to HD, or PetSmart either, at least for the time being.

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