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Wegmans workers arrive from Rochester to help out

Among the hundreds of National Guard troops, emergency crews and plow drivers and other out-of-town helpers that poured into Western New York last week, bus loads of Rochester-area Wegmans employees traveled to Buffalo to pitch in at Wegmans stores closed because of the storm.

Wegmans sent two bus loads of workers each day over the weekend to help out at the company’s West Seneca, Depew and Blasdell stores. They imported about 45 workers on Saturday and 35 on Sunday. Most employees worked as cashiers, helping to keep up with increased post-storm demand and make up for some employees who were still unable to make it to work safely.

“Our teams did a phenomenal job restocking and making sure everything was ready for not only storm recovery shopping but Thanksgiving as well,” said Michele Mehaffy, a Wegmans spokeswoman.

Employees were given “Buffalove” T-shirts, which they wore while working at area stores. Workers were bused back to Rochester at the ends of their shifts each night.