Wegmans to open in Alexandria, Va.
New York — Wegmans has confirmed plans to open a store in Alexandria, Va., in 2014, according to Washington Business Journal.
The store will be located in Hilltop Village, which is being developed by Houston-based Weingarten Realty Investors. The project will feature some 250,000 sq. ft. of retail, anchored by the 143,000-sq.-ft. Wegmans, and 100,000 sq. ft. of office.
Price Chopper names VP technical services
Schenectady, N.Y. — Price Chopper Supermarkets/Golub Corp. announced that Sam Wagar has been promoted to the position of VP technical services, reporting directly to R. Gregory Zeh, Jr., VP Information Systems, CIO.
In his new position, Sam will be responsible for assessing, maintaining and recommending technology products and services to support the delivery of enterprise-wide technical services. He will oversee the corporate help desk, technical maintenance, technical operations, technical services and information integration.
In addition Sam will lead the development and implementation of technology architecture standards and roadmaps for the 130-store chain.
Sam joined Price Chopper in 2008 most recently holding the position of Director of Enterprise Architecture.
The Golub Corp. owns and operates 130 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
NAHB builds hope for construction industry
The National Association of Home Builders sees the residential construction industry gaining momentum in a larger economy that includes a few wild cards.
At the International Builders’ Show here in Las Vegas, the Washington, D.C.-based trade association updated its 2013 housing starts forecast to 949,000 starts in 2013, up 21.5% from the prior year. At the end of January, the group had forecast 932,000.
Single-family starts are anticipated to rise 22% from 535,000 last year to 650,000 in 2013, according to NAHB chief economist David Crowe. They are expected to jump an additional 30% in 2014 to 844,000 units.
On the multi-family side, NAHB is anticipating that starts will increase 22% from 246,000 units last year to 299,000 in 2013, and rise an additional 6% to 317,000 units in 2014.
“Nearly every measure of housing market strength — sales, starts, prices, permits and builder confidence — has been trending upward in recent months, and we expect to see gradual but steady growth along these lines in 2013,” Crowe said.
Among the possible challenges to an increasingly strong recovery are tight mortgage lending conditions, inaccurate appraisals, rising prices of materials and declining inventory of buildable lots, Crowe said.