Supermarket Chain Wegmans Launches New Logo Design

September 28th, 2008
Wegmans New Logo

Wegmans New Logo 2008

Supermarket chain Wegmans has launched a new logo design which harkens back to the company’s logo of the 1930s and 40s. In the coming days and weeks, the new identity of the Rochester, NY based retailer will gradually appear on company’s business and marketing collateral including signage and employee t-shirts.

Colleen Wegman, president of the family-owned company, stated on the launch of the new identity, “When we looked back at some of our earliest logos, they conveyed the warmth and personal attention to detail that we hope reflect our brand. The family culture in our company continues to grow. It was time to go back to our roots and to a logo that is welcoming because it is more like a family signature.”

Over the years, the retail company’s logo has seen many revisions and has featured different art styles prevalent at the time. The new script-type logo replaces the block-letter styled logo, which was first introduced in the 1970s and has seen small, gradual modifications since then.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., founded in 1916, has a 71-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland.

Evolution of Wegmans Logo

Evolution of Wegmans Logo

Update (November 06, 2010): There has been a controversy about Wegmans new logo as Walgreen, the online pharmacy, have sued Wegmans over it. Read about it here.

4 Comments

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    Steve says:

    I think it was due for change, but I think it fails as a branding device of a leading grocery retailer. The retro logic doesn’t bother me, but the execution does. It’s not particularly good calligraphy, and I don’t feel it distinguishes like it should for a store like Wegmans. When bundled with the fork and plate and goblet from the original Tastings logo, I think you have a classic assembly of different-purposed elements cobbled together in an uncomplimentary way. Borrowing elements because you have them seems like an uninspired approach, and I believe the Tastings logo should be reserved for Tastings, instead of appearing as a store decoration, a signage visual, and other random applications. The scribbly place setting is contemporary and a little wild, yet the Wegmans logo is a very conservative script, and neither flatters the other. It’s what I call casual design.

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    Walgreens Sues Wegmans Over Logo Dispute | Logo Design Blog says:

    […] Wegmans updated its logo design back in 2008, they would not have an inkling that their logo would give some party this much grief. […]

  • 119
    Mark Maina says:

    It’s ridiculous. If Walgreens wants to go after someone, they should have a look at the Washington Nationals ‘W’.

    Wegmans’ new logo is an improvement over that abysmal signature dating back to the 1970s. All the older ones look better.

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    dallas personals says:

    I’ve by no means heard of this before. I’ll definately have to check those out.

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