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Wegman's is coming. Should I be excited?

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I just saw a news article that my town is in preliminary talks with Wegman's.  It would be close enough that I could actually reasonably shop there, sometimes.  Too far to be my all time place to go.  But is it really great?

 

I do most of my shopping now at Trader Joe's.  And I can go to Publix.  Harris Teeter is an old standard.

 

 

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Love, love, love Wegmans!  I find the prices of regular groceries competitive. They have a great selection of upscale "take home" food, which is also reasonably priced, and they have nice specialty sections.  Actually, all of it is reasonably priced, but that doesn't mean that I could afford to shop in the fancier sections regularly.  FUN store! We don't have one near us, but my (older) children love shopping there when visiting relatives.

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Yes. Especially for their fresh bread. Light years beyond the publix standard, which is already pretty good. Save enough time to eat in the prepared foods section. So good.

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I've only been to one once, on a road trip, and only because so many people on the Hive get so excited about it. It seemed like a regular grocery store to me.

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I absolutely love Wegmans, but there isn't one near us so we only get to them when visiting others.  Their fresh produce almost always outshines what we can get, they tend to have a huge variety of all sorts of things to choose from, and their prices are competitive.  Usually at stores (like Publix) where there is a decent variety, the prices are a bit higher than what I'm used to.

 

If a Wegmans were to open up near us, I'd switch in a heartbeat.  At this point, the closest one is close to an hour away - compared to 5 minutes for my local store and 15 minutes to a Super Wally World or Giant.

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Be very excited.  They have great prices and send out some nice coupons.  Some have some wonderful cooking classes for kids and they have movie nights.  The bread is really good and so is the triple chocolate mousse cake.  

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We have a new one just up the pike.

 

We go there for date night on occasion.

 

Says it all, doesn't it? :lol:

 

(Either about the store or the lameness of our dates!)

 

No, really--we don't shop there regularly because it's on the higher end of the price range around here, but the selection is GREAT and the store is really nice--clean, interesting "extras" (like a smoothie ingredients "bar" and lots of organic produce, and prepared foods that are wonderful), and it's big and beautiful!

 

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Meh. Most overrated grocery out there. I mean, it's okay - some good prepared foods, but nothing to gush about.

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Meh. Most overrated grocery out there. I mean, it's okay - some good prepared foods, but nothing to gush about.

 

Nah. That would be Aldis!

:leaving:

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Nah. That would be Aldis!

:leaving:

Heh. I'm not a huge Aldi's fan either. It's value, I guess. Wegman's is just... I do not get the hoopla. I guess their baked goods are nice, but I don't go to the grocery for many prepared foods. And everything else is just a regular grocery store. Oh, and a bunch of random home goods - they sell more plates and so forth. But, again, not the main grocery store thing in my view.

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They're higher priced than many places( but I've never been to TJ or Publix). They're large, clean, lots of prepared foods, big section for specialty, organic-y things. I'm not impressed, tho. Nearly every newish HEB and Krogers has the same/better selection and much better prices. I also dislike the lighting in the Wegmans up here, it's a golden glow. I prefer white lights. Plus their aisles are more narrow than most stores I frequented in Texas.

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I go there probably once a month. Not near my normal routes, but on the way to further errands.

 

Love, love them.

 

I'm not as much a fan of Trader Joe's, and Aldi's only in a limited way. But I love Wegman's.

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It's a bit of a hike for me to do regular shopping. If it was as close as other stores I'd switch.

 

It has a good selection of gluten free items. I like the international selections. And produce is great. They have movie nights which I find a little weird.

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Nah. That would be Aldis!

:leaving:

 

I liked your post since I sort of agree with it, but Aldi's doesn't have good prepared foods.  ;)

 

Actually, the couple of times I've been in Aldi's it hasn't had any appeal to me whatsoever, so I really fail to see the love.

 

It all goes to show just how different we Boardies can be - and how different preferences keep the world running!

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Yes! Wegmans is the only thing I miss about upstate NY. I regularly shop at Publix, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods; they all offer something I value--either a special product or pricing or quality. I'd give them all up for Wegmans. Wegmans has it all!

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I like to go to Wegman's to grab lunch and read the paper. I don't really grocery shop there much, but they are great if you are looking for something special or hard to find.

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There is a Wegmans along one of my longer weekly treks.  I've been in twice now, once to shop, once to eat on the run.  If it weren't for the fact that I have a fantastic local/locally-owned supermarket, I'd be pretty impressed with Wegmans.  I was originally very excited to discover that option and figured the hype meant it was better than my usual, but it really wasn't.

 

Now, if my store didn't exist, or still only existed in its previous incarnation (they upscaled a few years ago,) and I were left with something like Giant or Weis, I'd be all over switching.

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There is a Wegmans along one of my longer weekly treks.  I've been in twice now, once to shop, once to eat on the run.  If it weren't for the fact that I have a fantastic local/locally-owned supermarket, I'd be pretty impressed with Wegmans.  I was originally very excited to discover that option and figured the hype meant it was better than my usual, but it really wasn't.

 

Now, if my store didn't exist, or still only existed in its previous incarnation (they upscaled a few years ago,) and I were left with something like Giant or Weis, I'd be all over switching.

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I like Wegmans for things I can only find at Whole Foods or can't find anywhere else. So depending on what you normally purchase it could be very exciting as it is cheaper then Whole Foods and you don't have to purchase online. 

 

However if you eat the standard american diet and don't need many speciality things on a regular basis, you would likely not be impressed by it. 

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I am pretty sure I know where you live, because I saw that same article yesterday.  Let's just say I'm very jealous.  I live, oh, about an hour west of said proposed Wegman's, and all we have in our town are Food Lion, Walmart and luckily, a small food co-op/natural foods store where some nice things can be purchased.  Anyhow, I'm so tired of having to drive to other cities to grocery shop!  Can I just say, let's spread the grocery goodness around! 

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You should be excited, but expect to spend more money. I ALWAYS spend more at Wegman's than Trader Joe's or Food Lion. ALWAYS. Part of that is because they have higher quality items that just cost more. I enjoy Wegman's, but I don't do my main staple shopping there. I go for the food court as much as the groceries :-)

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Plus their aisles are more narrow than most stores I frequented in Texas.

That's not a fair comparison. Everything is bigger in Texas. :D

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I like Trader Joe's but I'd get Wegman's produce every time over that. Is it just me or does Trader Joe's fruit seem like it's often at the end of its lifespan? Aside for that, Trader Joe's seems cheaper to me. 

 

I bet the stores really vary though, too, you could fit 10 trader Joe's in the space of the local Wegman's, so the selection can't really be compared.

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