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May 23, 2008 07:35 AM

Is upstate NY ignored by better food chains?

this stems from the trader joes discussion.we're moving to albany soon and between no trader joes,whole foods and the like,it seems like the upstate areas are ignored.i do understand there are some good places to go from earlier threads but it seems odd to me that the state capitol and 2nd largest city in the state,i think,isn't considered a good enough demographic for stores like that.

any thoughts on this?

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    1. Albany isn't the 2nd largest city in the state (Buffalo is); it's 6th. At under 100,000, it's about the same size as Cheektowaga, a Buffalo suburb. Schenectady is 10th. We just might not be populous enough to warrent the mixed blessing of food chains. Trader Joe's would be nice, though. I like their shampoo. What we do have is a nice variety of independently-owned food stores, farmer's markets and farmsteads, ethnic butchers, Asian groceries and locally-owned restaurants.

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      1. re: PSZaas

        thanks for the correction.i hadn't actually checked the population count.that's what i get for assuming.i am looking forward to checking out the local places but we will miss certain things.

        1. re: davmar77

          there is a monopoly here with Price Chopper head being very politically connected. I would love to see a whole foods here but we are often skipped. I don't really know if we have the population to support it.

          1. re: jspear

            I don't know about the population argument. There's a Whole Foods 10 minutes away from me in Hadley, MA. The population of all of Western Massachusetts is quite a bit less than the Capital District, and on top of that, Hadley is 30 minutes from the main population center of the area. I would imagine it's there because of the large college concentration in the area.

            1. re: mk1154

              I actually think the Whole Foods in Hadley, and the nearby Trader Joes are the nearest of those two establishments to Albany.

              1. re: mk1154

                My local organic farm out of the Rochester/Buffalo area delivers its food to whole foods in MA instead of Wegmans in the NY area. Apparently WF pays better and is more interested in local farmers.
                Sucks that there is no WF in the Western NY area for them to sell to. I'd kill for a Trader Joes here too.

        2. Well... as an alternative to Whole Foods you may want to give Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany a try.

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