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Fresh and Wild - Bayview

tochowchick Apr 20, 2009 11:01 AM

OK...who's been since they opened? I have not yet...driven by a few times but haven't gone in yet.

Is it worth tying to find a place to park (pretty agressive parking control officers on Bayview!!).

I used to go to Nunzio's on a semi regular basis for various items so I miss them somewhat....is F&W similar.

Let me know what you think...thanks...

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    embee Apr 21, 2009 06:51 AM

    So we have a place with less selection and higher prices than Nunzio's? Ouch. Why bother?

    I originally expected Nunzio's to revert to Bruno's when they closed. Bruno is related to Nunzio, the store was originally a Bruno's, and Nunzio advertised Bruno's on the window when he closed.

    Too bad.

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    1. re: embee
      FoodyGirly Apr 21, 2009 10:18 AM

      But do you think it has anything to do with branding? As in, is it too expensive for 'Fresh & Wild' or 'Nunzio's', but if say, it WAS a Bruno's or Pusateri's, would it do well?

      1. re: FoodyGirly
        embee Apr 21, 2009 10:48 AM

        I can't speak for anyone else, but I certainly don't buy detergent at Pusateri's. To me it's about selection and quality. Much of the stock at Nunzio's was not widely available in supermarkets and the prepared foods were well edited. Although many of Nunzio's housemade items weren't great, there were many of them. Fresh & Wild sounds more like it's just an enhanced convenience store.

        Nunzio had obviously stopped trying very hard by last year. He did strange and stupid things, like selling prepared foods labeled "boneless chicken breast" that actually contained thighs on the bone with little actual meat. I eventually stopped going there very often, but was still drawn in by the occasional bargain on high end meat.

        While Nunzio's had been an alternative to heading much further afield, Fresh & Wild doesn't sound like one. With an open to midnight Valu Mart on that strip, a small but decent 24 hour Metro at Eglinton, and a small but decent Loblaw's at Moore, why bother?

        1. re: embee
          tochowchick Apr 21, 2009 03:31 PM

          I agree with pretty much everything embee says...I will be driving by going to Valumart or Metro and doubt I'll make any effort to frequent F&W...too bad...

      2. re: embee
        jayt90 Apr 22, 2009 06:40 AM

        I read somewhere that Fresh and Wild was committed to local foods, but I don't see that in the website: http://www.freshandwild.ca/leaside.htm

        Bruno's recently closed a store in Oakville, and may not be in expansion mode.

      3. kawarthagirl Apr 20, 2009 11:52 AM

        We went last week - it's Nunzio's with less choices and somewhat higher prices on some items. Less prepared foods... Overall, not worth the drive.

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        1. re: kawarthagirl
          bangers and mash Apr 20, 2009 08:41 PM

          I completely agree kawarthagirl...so much hope and no improvement from Nunzios. The Bayview strip offers a good variety of individual stores (bakeries, butchers etc.), but Nunzio's did offer one-stop shopping and a reasonable fish counter. If anything, now, there are fewer prepared foods and the fish counter is less extensive.

          1. re: bangers and mash
            tochowchick Apr 21, 2009 05:44 AM

            Thanks Kawarthagirl and b&m...sounds like I won't be rushing over there anytime soon...

          2. re: kawarthagirl
            sleepy Apr 21, 2009 06:10 AM

            yep overpriced, dont see them lasting long. went in one morning there were about 10 employees stocking/cleaning and the place was empty

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