Furniture, fixtures and equipment from the now-closed Natick Wegmans will be auctioned off this month. Here's what to know.
Author: Montana Samuels, Patch Staff
NATICK, MA — Looking to bolster the equipment in your shop, or in need of additional items for your professional kitchen? The Natick Wegmans closure could actually help you in those instances.
The store closed its Natick Mall location on July 22, much to the chagrin on those nearby and the droves of dedicated shoppers.
Now, surplus furniture, fixtures and equipment from the closed location will be auctioned online in August at auction website restaurantequipment.bid.
The auction is intended for independent food and beverage sellers, restaurants and even homeowners to purchase professional-grade furniture, fixtures and equipment like refrigerators, display cases and racks, at a fraction of their usual price, officials said.
“This is a win/win/win. These auctions are amazing opportunities for a new or growing business to update or expand its equipment affordably. The selling company will liquidate its stock efficiently. And for a company as large and successful as Wegmans, it provides an additional opportunity — to exit a location in the most sustainable way. That’s what we do best,” said Founder and CEO of TAGeX Brands Neal Sherman.
Bidding starts on Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. with items listed for as low as $1.
Wegmans announced that the store would close sometime this summer on June 1.
The company said store employees were notified throughout that day, and that all 365 of them have been offered positions at other area stores.
“Making these decisions is never easy. However, we do it for the long-term benefit of our people, our customers, and our communities,” said Brien MacKendrick, human resources director, Wegmans New England division.
“Unfortunately, with this non-traditional location we are unable to attract enough customers for our business model to work.