We stopped in this afternoon. Remarkably, of the 1,000+ parking spaces available there was one waiting for us. Of course I'm certain that the other forty five or fifty cars crusing the parking lot and garage were upset but we were inside of the store only a few minutes after turning off of Route 7.
This is the largest Wegman's of all: 145,000 square feet which is 15,000 larger than Sterling and 20,000 larger than Fairfax. Five thousand square feet larger than Fredericksburg. Twenty seven registers for the grocery store and, I think, two more for the "carryout." (Fairfax by the way is the highest grossing Wegman's of all, with their Rochester flagship second and Sterling a close third.)
It was packed. Packed!!! We spent almost an hour wandering the aisles, comparing features in Leesburg vs. Sterling, Fairfax and Pittsford among others. Is it the best? No. I still prefer Fairfax. But it's awfully good. Certainly far superior to almost any other grocery store in the D. C. area. Or any area for that matter. It's competition? Wegman's Sterling and Wegman's Fairfax. And, maybe an Auchon east of Paris. Still, Wegman's defines what every other grocer wants to be.
After leaving I actually thought that if Whole Foods opened their largest store across the street (say, Austin or Manhattan) I would still go to Wegman's.