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Traffic pattern to change ahead of Wegmans opening in Wake Forest

Store to open doors May 19

Posted on May 12, 2021

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The town of Wake Forest is announcing a new traffic pattern on N.C. Highway 98 Bypass near the new Wegmans store.

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The town of Wake Forest is announcing a new traffic pattern on N.C. Highway 98 Bypass near the new Wegmans store.

WAKE FOREST — Ahead of the grand opening of a new Wegmans grocery store next week, several traffic changes are coming to N.C. Highway 98 Bypass.

The changes will begin Friday, May 14. The store is expected to open Wednesday, May 19.

As part of the new development, Ligon Mill Road was extended north to connect with Highway 98 (Dr. Calvin Jones Highway). An access road, Forbes Grove Way, will also connect the two roads. New traffic lights were installed.

Drivers from either Ligon Mill Road or Forbes Grove Way can turn east (right) onto Highway 98. Left turns toward Capital Boulevard, however, can only be made from Forbes Grove Way.

Eastbound drivers on Highway 98 can turn onto both Forbes Grove Way and Ligon Mill Road. Westbound drivers, however, can only turn onto Ligon Mill Road, which has access to Wegmans.

Watch a video explaining the new traffic pattern at https://vimeo.com/547680453.

The new 100,000-square-foot store has hired about 400 workers and will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday. It includes a cafe with indoor seating, a seafood market, an artisan cheese counter and other features, the company said.

“We’re excited to officially open our doors and welcome our new neighbors into the store on May 19th,” said Wake Forest store manager Patrick McGuinness. “Our goal is to be a great neighbor to this community, and we look forward to building on the relationships we’ve already made with local organizations to improve the lives of our customers and employees in every way we can.”

The company said it has donated $17,750 to Wake Forest groups and residents, including Hope House, Wake Harvest, the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry, and Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Five high school seniors who will work at the store also earned scholarships from the company.

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