Re:There is evidentally a Wegman's effect!
The Wegman's effect, as I have called it for years, is when Wegmans is coming, other stores shape up or ship out and grocery shopping improves in the area. I've seen it countless times. And as a CNY native, I love that grocery shopping has improved here in the Mid-Atlantic. It needed it!
However, in Woodmere Town Center, a Wegmans and a Costco sit side by side. In some ways, they're not competitors, in other ways they are. For example, Costco sells a lot of products not offered in other stores, so, no competition there.
But, Milk is 2.66/gal at Costco, Wegmans is normally 2.94 and they have permanently reduced it at the Wegmans to...yup, 2.66. On the other hand, some items, like Wegmans Paper Towels, are actually less expensive than Kirkland Brand, and same as Wegmans Pull-ups compares to Kirkland Pull ups. But other bulk items, like Wipes and Frozen Fruit and Vegetables are cheaper at Costco - and high quality too.
So, the Costco effect is rubbing off at Wegmans, too in this case. I think they compliment each other VERY well. Right now, my grocery (including household products) bill is 50/50 between the stores. Some weeks I spend more at Costco when I'm not stocking up on Costco items, while other weeks, while I'm stocking up on Wegmans items, I spend more at Wegmans. I've been tracking and it's dead even, except for some CNY products that I splurge on occasionally - but they're more of a treat than regular weekly shopping, and I don't do it every week.
Actually, it's more like 47.5/47.5 with 5% going to Harris Teeter for tiny pick-ups when I'm trying to stretch it.
Still, my weekly run to my Oasis in PG County is blissful. Costco and Wegmans, they're my favorite team!