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Anyone else love Wegmans?

I visited some friends in Rochester this weekend and got to go back to Wegmans. I seriously spent an hour wandering around the store (Ridgemont Plaza in Greece). While there, I perused the international foods, dreamt about buying a new set of plates, ate a free sample of grilled tuna with tomato and green bean salad, picked out some lovely produce and wanted to take the whole thing back to Albany with me.

I am sorry but Price Chopper and Hannaford can't hold a candle.

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  1. I second that- for years, I've been expecting a move into Westchester. I wonder why not- real estate prices?

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    1. re: Wizzapizza

      Me! I do! Discovered them in Ithaca, but we go to the one in Woodbridge, NJ when in the area. Love everything about them: their prepared foods, meat & seafood counter, produce, the cheese counter & liberal samples thereof, their generics, the bakery (got a small b-day cake for 4, it was the perfect size!). They always seems to have whatever I seek, especially if it's something l can't find elsewhere such as Vita-Muffins, the Greek grilling cheese, certain brands of pickles, or whatever.

      Somehow I think Stop & Shop has a lock on Westchester, sadly. I think Wegmans kicks butt over Stew's, too.

      1. re: Dim Sum Diva

        I graduated from University of Rochester and lived in Rochester for a year after graduation. Wegman's was great!!! They even accepted Purchase Orders from special interest groups at school, so when planning a party, my theater friends and I could stock up on all we needed without having to worry about payment. Justifying our purchases to the Dean later sometimes posed a bit of trouble though. One of my first major "chowhound" experiences was acting as "executive chef" for our annual Drama House pre-Thanksgiving dinner (guests numbered between 40 and 60). We did most of our shopping for it at Wegmans.
        It's been years since I've been to a Wegman's, but I still miss them!

        1. re: vermontpoet

          Vermont:I went to the U of R too...what year? I was 98.
          Anyway, I love Wegmans too! I wrote them last week as a matter of fact and they have NO plans to come to the lower Hudson Valley area....very sad!

          1. re: HungryRubia

            HungryRubia,
            Heh.......now I feel old old old... I graduated in '83!

    2. Supposedly Price Chopper and Wegmans have a non-competition agreement (non-official, of course). They don't try to compete in their core areas. That's what I've heard anyway.

      1. I'd love one on Long Island too but I don't think it is going to happen. If you check the Wegman's site, you'll clearly see where they are focusing their growth. They are moving heavily into Maryland and Virginia.

        1. back in the 80s when i was a student at ub in buffalo, my housemates and i practically lived off their free samples.

          1. We used to live in Queens, NY & would regularly go to Trader Joe's, Fairway & Whole Foods. We moved to Toronto 1 year ago & were experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms. There is no TJ's, Fairway, & the Whole Foods is ridiculously overpriced. Missing NY, we frequent Buffalo & found Wegman's. It is the perfect replacement for all we were missing, & more. We now drive 2 hours just to shop in what has become our all-time favorite store (of any kind!). So, we love Wegman's....too much?!

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            1. re: wiki

              'Visited the Syracuse area last month from Westchester & took a printout with me of all the Wegmans located along my path. 'Visited several & since my motel had refrigeration & a microwave, actually bought several of my meals on my shopping trips. And HAD to have the chocolate cake ... thank goodness they make it in a smaller size too! 'Planning a small retreat in the fall down the Jersey shore & 'will actually have a "fieldtrip" to Wegman's as an outing for the group.