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New Whole Foods Tustin

umami Aug 29, 2007 03:49 PM

Checked it out today at lunch and was totally overwhelmed - in a good way. This place makes Bristol Farms look like a corner liquor store. ANYTHING you can possibly imagine, they have. A feta bar with at least 15 different kinds of crumbled feta, seafood soup bar, smoked fish case, pudding bar, dessert bar, seafood salad bar, pizza station, smoked meat department... Everything was bountiful and overflowing on opening day and it was so hard to decide what to have for lunch. Prices are high but I don't mind paying a premium price to have that sort of selection. I did walk away with a case of 6 football-sized red mangos for $6.99 which I thought was a decent deal for Whole Foods.

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    Samantha Aug 29, 2007 03:56 PM

    How crowded was it? I'm scared to go until the opening day crowds die down. I've also heard that parking is a nightmare. Also, is there a salad bar?

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    1. re: Samantha
      umami Aug 29, 2007 04:02 PM

      There are several two main salad bars that are huge. I had the salad bar for lunch and my only complaint is that the pre-packaged containers of dressing were not labeled and there was a very small selection of dressing given the vastness of the salad bar. Parking is a nightmare so next time I will try to get there early for lunch. The store was very crowded but people were generally just looking around and sampling food. Not too many people were trying to get grocery shopping done which I think would be almost impossible to do given the crowds.

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        OCEllen Aug 29, 2007 04:33 PM

        I was there around 9:30 this morning to do shopping and, yes, it was difficult! But what abundance! And the prices seem in accord with quality. I even noticed some things in meat and seafood were lower than at the smaller store that just closed.
        Parking today was a problem (they did have guys in the parking lot to help direct traffic when I was there) but I imagine things will settle a bit in a week or so.

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          Curt the Soi Hound Aug 30, 2007 07:35 AM

          "Parking today was a problem (they did have guys in the parking lot to help direct traffic when I was there) but I imagine things will settle a bit in a week or so."

          That parking situation is going to take some time. Between the lack of entrances, and the construction, it's a real nightmare.

          1. re: Curt the Soi Hound
            OCEllen Aug 30, 2007 12:42 PM

            Yes. And I was surprised that they put the disabled parking spaces (I have a bad hip) all in one cluster away from an entrance instead of at the end of each parking aisle. Great store, though!

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      carter Aug 29, 2007 10:04 PM

      Check out the commentary regarding the opening of the Whole Foods Market in El Segundo about 2-3 months ago, as it is in essence the same store as the Tustin relocation. You feel like a kid in a candy store in a very good way.

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