Wegmans doesn’t have an apostrophe – it’s nothing to do with accurate punctuation but linked to big change 90 years ago

WEGMANS doesn't have an apostrophe – and it's got nothing to do with accurate punctuation but linked to a big change almost 91 years ago.

The grocery chain, which opened in 1916, has more than 100 stores across the US and has become a favorite among shoppers.

Nowadays, adding an apostrophe to denote ownership might seem like second-nature (thanks auto-correct) but is poor punctuation really to blame for the important symbol missing from the spelling of Wegmans?

Well, apparently not. In fact, Wegmans is well aware its store name is missing an apostrophe (it should be Wegman's).

Other stores like Kohl's, Macy's and Dillard's have one but buying an apostrophe would have been expensive for Wegmans when it first launched more than 100 years ago.

When the store was founded by John and Walter Wegman in 1916, it had an apostrophe but dropped it in 1931 when the company became incorporated.

Execs wanted to simplify the shop's logo and realised that adding an apostrophe to every single store sign would have cost more than $500,000, according to the company.

To make matters worse, they would have had to change the logos on products and bags.

"Just think of it as the plural Wegmans, as in the many generations of Wegman family members that have built the company," the company website cheekily points out.

But Wegmans isn't alone. In the UK, high-end department stores Harrods and Selfridges don't have an apostrophe.

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It comes as a Wegmans employees has spilled the beans on why the colored dots over price tags actually has an important meaning.

Reddit user u/Smurfgwen posted on the message board saying that most of these dots indicate how a product is ordered, which distributor the product comes from, and which department stocks it.

On the Reddit thread r/wegmans, one curious customer asked a question about the shelf tags used at the supermarket.

The anonymous user said: "We were wondering what the blue, yellow, etc. shelf price tags mean on certain items, since we see them on different items a lot."

"Are they discontinued items? new? price change?"

An apparent Wegmans employee responded and explained that these stickers are not as straightforward as you might think.

According to this user, these blue, yellow, red, green, and black tags can vary in meaning depending on the department.

"Most are indicators of how a product is ordered, which distributor it comes from, which department stocks it, etc.," u/Smurfgwen responded.

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"In my department, we use one color to indicate an item is stocked in more than one location, and another to indicate we may have backstock."

"But I have seen other departments in the same store use different colors, so it is not universal."

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