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Jeserf Mar 23, 2007 07:14 AM

Yeah, i fell for the advert during Greys and googled. Apparently it's the "new" Food Lion, and they have one in Rockville.
Has anyone been to one?
The web site doesn't give THAT much info, so before I head over to see if it's fabulous, if anyone's been...please report!

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    meimei RE: Jeserf Mar 23, 2007 07:39 AM

    Its a totaly different place from Foodlion. The one I've been to (Leesburg) is 24 hrs., very clean, and they have the personal scanners where you can scan and shop as you go. So by the time you are done, just plug it into the self check, pay, and you are set. However, very very very overpriced.
    You should go at least once, play with the scanner, and experienced. I have not been back since then.

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      Jeserf RE: meimei Mar 23, 2007 08:09 AM

      Do they have their own brand of things that makes it special?
      When I go to Wegmans, I usually just buy their own brand of things because I love a lot of it, and it's the reason for my trip (well, that and the 'reject' cookies they give you for free!)
      It mentions "80 types of olive oil and pasta sauce", but is it just regular stuff like a regular store has?
      did you try their prepared food?

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        meimei RE: Jeserf Mar 23, 2007 08:26 AM

        I've heard good things about their prepared food from a co-worker, whose husband used to work there. But she did also say it depends on who's preping them.
        I didn't buy much when I was there, just picked up one or two essentials. Like I say, everything was so overpriced. And compared to wegmans, which is my favorite, their selection is not much.

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          Jeserf RE: meimei Mar 23, 2007 08:33 AM

          hm...well, perhaps I'll save it for when Penzy's opens and I head further out in Rockville.
          I was laughing at how quickly I fell for the advertising, but I suppose the prices are high because of the perception of "convenience". I read a bit about the place, but no reviews or anything.

          Wegmans is the best. Oh how I long for there to be one closer to the District.

          I stand by my recommendation that they explore the idea of a "wegmans express", smaller stores similar in size to whole foods on P St. with a lot of their own brand, their prepared food, a smaller "grocery" section, scaled back choices...they could make a KILLING on that idea. oh well!

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            gooseterp RE: Jeserf Mar 23, 2007 03:40 PM

            FYI: I was driving by the shopping center today where Penzey's is opening AND they were putting up the permanant sign.

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              Jeserf RE: gooseterp Mar 23, 2007 05:05 PM

              thats earlier than april 18th like someone reported!

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                recordkitten RE: gooseterp Mar 28, 2007 10:35 AM

                Where in Rockville will the Penzey's be? I seriously will make the trip from Hagerstown !

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                  Jeserf RE: recordkitten Mar 28, 2007 10:40 AM

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37346...

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                Lowbar RE: Jeserf Mar 26, 2007 05:30 AM

                The "Wegmans Express" idea sounds a lot like the few Wegman'ses I had been to up in NY before their megastores opened in our area. Average sized supermarkets by today's standards, but all of the Wegman's stuff, albeit on a smaller scale and somewhat less prettied up than what we've come to expect down here. Actually the first time I went in one (Geneseo location), which I guess would have been 6-8 years ago,I thought it quite similar to a Harris Teeter.

                As far as Bloom is concerned, it seemed like a pretty nice store to me. I just can't stand (or understand) the water light effects and piped in sound in the produce department.

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            Slippery RE: meimei Mar 26, 2007 05:43 AM

            I'm surprised at the overpriced comments. We find the Bloom by us, at route 29 and 216, consistently 10% to 20% less than the comparable products at Giant or Safeway. We don't typically buy the prepared foods at grocers, but they do appear a little pricey at Bloom.

            With that said, Giant/Safeway are the peers of Bloom. If you're expecting a high end, gourmet purveyor, then you'll likely be disappointed by your Bloom experience. If you're looking for a clean, everyday grocery store - they're worth checking out.

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              Jeserf RE: Slippery Mar 26, 2007 07:16 AM

              Safeway and Giant are such a waste of money - I sometimes stop in to the giant near me for convenience's sake, and it's MORE than whole foods unless i'm shopping only by the circular.
              Wegmans Express.
              C'mon, get on board and maybe they'll do it!
              hehe

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            Sshush RE: Jeserf Mar 23, 2007 09:18 AM

            Visited one in Odenton (drove by, saw it, had to stop in). It's great! Super clean, the employees are very nice, and the prices are very reasonable. The selection is excellent, especially of natural/organic foods. The produce and seafood were very fresh.

            I'd definitely go back if it were closer. Rockville one is an option, but Rockville outposts of other grocery stores have always disappointed, so probably not.

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              tinatuna16 RE: Jeserf Mar 23, 2007 05:00 PM

              Honestly I walked in and thought oh man same old, same old. I think they are clean cause no one shops there. But it's no wegmans, no whole foods and certainly no teeter.

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                Bonz RE: tinatuna16 Mar 26, 2007 09:13 AM

                I was at the one in Rockville over the weekend, and this was exactly my feeling. No different than the Giant near my house, really, and no reason to pay the high prices to have someone chop my scallions for me.

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                gastronomike RE: Jeserf Mar 25, 2007 10:57 AM

                I've been to a Bloom up in Sterling, really not a big deal and I am not running back anytime soon. A few surprising thing---they carry King Arthur bread flour which I almost never see anywhere, also a serious selection of country ham, and decent selection of frozen Latino products (better than Wegmans).

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                  Jeserf RE: gastronomike Mar 25, 2007 05:36 PM

                  ...doesn't trader joes sell king arthur flour?

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                    chowser RE: Jeserf Mar 25, 2007 05:52 PM

                    Shoppers carries it at good prices--a good variety, too, all purpose, bread, white whole wheat, whole wheat.

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                      gastronomike RE: chowser Mar 26, 2007 04:46 AM

                      Thanks for the tip, I'll check Shoppers (I'm still new to the area). The bread flour (blue bag) is the one that I'm usually after, the AP and whole wheat, and even the very nice white whole wheat flours are pretty easy to find.

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                    Hal Laurent RE: gastronomike Mar 25, 2007 07:07 PM

                    Here in Baltimore I can buy King Arthur bread flour at the local Safeway. I think the Giant in nearby Glen Burnie usually has it as well.

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                      MaryDC RE: Hal Laurent Mar 28, 2007 11:38 AM

                      In VA I have found King Arthur flour at Wegman's and Giant. I am a King Arthur only user.

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                        chowser RE: MaryDC Mar 28, 2007 11:53 AM

                        Have you tried Shoppers? The one in Burke and the one in Lorton both carry them. I haven't checked other locations. You can also get it at Whole Foods but it's more expensive.

                  3. Lowbar RE: Jeserf May 10, 2007 07:17 AM

                    Quick update on Bloom for those who might be interested. I would suggest keeping an eye on their meat sales. Not too long ago I got a very decent standing rib roast from them for 4.99/lb. This past weekend I got some ribeyes from Bloom for 6.99/lb which were quite good. Right now they have new york strips on sale at the same price. Not the best beef I've ever had, but definitely better than expected going in, and since I am not a man of wealth and was grilling for a crowd, the savings were substantial for me.

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                      shacker RE: Jeserf May 10, 2007 10:28 AM

                      Bloom is Food Lion. I worked at Food Lion for 6 years, some of high school and all through college. They converted my store to a Bloom (South Riding, VA). Food Lions in higher income areas were converted to Bloom, to compete with stores like Giant, Harris Teeter, and Wegmans. In lower income areas they were converted to "Bottom Dollar Foods." Its like a scarlet letter if you ask me. That's off the topic, however. Bloom has basically the same stuff as Food Lion. They did increase some of the product lines in order to compete, and all of the stores got a nice makeover. It's a prettier place to shop, but like I said, it's basically still Food Lion.

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