Wayland residents will have an additional option when it comes to stocking up for Thanksgiving dinner.
Stop & Shop has announced that it plans to open its doors on Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 a.m. Mike Bussell, most recently manager of Stop & Shop's Shrewsbury store, will serve as manager for the Wayland Town Center location. Bussell has been with the company since 1981.
The store will create about 125 new jobs with a total employee count of nearly 150, according to Stop & Shop spokeswoman Suzi Robinson. Robinson said hiring has begun and interested individuals can apply online before following up with Melvin Jones at the Natick Stop & Shop location, where interviews will be conducted.
According to a press release from the company, the 45,000 square foot store, located at 400 Boston Post Road, will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. Though plans for wind turbines in the parking lot did not meet Wayland's zoning requirements, the store will still feature a number of green initiatives, including complimentary electric car charging stations, rooftop solar panels to supply about 11 percent of the store's energy needs, LED parking lot lights, drought-resistant landscaping and other elements.
“We are truly excited to serve the Wayland community. It has so many dedicated citizens who take great pride in their town,” said Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England Division.
"We feel confident that with the store’s energy-efficient features and full complement of services, this new Wayland Stop & Shop will serve the region well. We look forward to forging lasting relationships with our new customers and supporting the area in fighting hunger, promoting healthy families and protecting the local environment."
The store will offer fresh produce, natural and organic products and full-service meat department. Shelf labeling "will help shoppers identify truly healthy foods across the store and gluten-free tags will help shoppers find products to meet their dietary needs."
On opening day, the store will be open from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Regular store hours will be 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday.